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Tourist captures stunning close-up video of humpback whale breaching

Even on YouTube, this surprise appearance from a humpback whale is stunning.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Posted on Aug 26, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 2:26 am CDT

Whale watching is an uncertain exercise. Most of the time you’re straining your eyes for some sight of a whale on the horizon, but sometimes you hit the jackpot.

Canadian tourist Sandy Seliga hit the biggest of jackpots when she captured this stunning footage of a humpback whale breaching the waves during a whale-watching trip in the Bay of Fundy.

The water appears completely empty at first, but then the whale appears as if from nowhere, a majestic creature bursting out through the salt spray.

This is truly a dream moment for any whale watcher.

Photo via Whit Welles/Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0)

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*First Published: Aug 26, 2015, 9:05 am CDT