The prowess and power of nature was depicted beautifully as a humpback whale shot up from Californian waters, dwarfing a small fishing boat.
Even though Monterey Bay, California is a popular whale-watching spot, the fisherman couldn’t have expected the huge beast to come so close to his vessel, named Baja Sueno.
The stunning images of the breaching whale were captured by Douglas Croft, 60, and whale watcher Kate Cummings and a lone fisherman can be seen gazing in awe at the stunning display before him as the group of whale-watchers react in amazement.
Mr Croft said: ‘It was quite exciting! Salmon season coincides with the time when humpbacks are returning to Monterey Bay to feed for the summer and there were hundreds of boats on the bay fishing.
‘This whale had breached a couple of times before this and many times they’ll just keep doing it.
‘I went below deck to shoot from a porthole close to the water line. That’s what gives this amazing perspective of looking up at the whale.
‘That the breach was directly behind the fishing boat makes really shows the size.
‘Since the boat is closer, it should look bigger, but the whale is huge! If I’d been the fisherman, I’d probably need some new underwear.’
Humpback whales are in the same family as the largest beings on earth, the blue whale, and females can reach up to 50 foot long and weigh 25–30 metric tons, about five times as heavy as a fully-grown male African elephant.
Ms Cummings, who took the video, said: ‘It was fun capturing this video. The whale had already breached multiple times much further away from the fisherman.
‘But sometimes when whales breach multiple times, they’re also heading a specific direction when they’re underwater building momentum for the next breach.
‘I figured the next breach would be around the fisherman because the whale was heading that way and sure enough! Though I didn’t expect the whale and the boat to line up so perfectly.’