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07/09/2015 12:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

This Glorious Rainbow-Spouting Humpback Whale Is The Queen Of The Ocean

This whale is everything!

Off the coast of Newport Beach, California, last weekend, a drone video captured spectacular footage of a humpback whale spraying a rainbow -- right out of its blowhole. The video was taken by Mark Girardeau, a photographer and wildlife naturalist based in Orange County, while his friend, Royce Hutain, drove the boat.

“It's really not that rare to see but the way it appears to come out of the blowhole and the angle of the shot make it extra special,” Hutain told The Huffington Post in an email. “Also this is clearly a magic whale with special powers.”

Girardeau filmed this majestic creature on July 5, about 2 miles off the coast of Newport Beach, operating one aerial camera while another videographer, Jason Anderson, flew a second drone. Though it isn’t that uncommon to see whales spouting out rainbows (who knew?), the time and place of the crew made this moment magical.

“We saw many rainbows that day from the whales,” Hutain said. “It all depends on what side we were viewing the whales from and where the sun was.”

royce hutain boat

And the sun, indeed, was shining bright on July 5. According Girardeau’s Instagram, the footage he captured is entirely unedited, straight off his camera, and into our hearts.

“Humpback whale producing a rainbow,” he wrote. “I'd say that's better than a pot of gold.”

Yas!

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BEFORE YOU GO

  • A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were
    Steven Benjamin / Barcroft Media
    A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were taken in June 2013 by marine tour guide Steven Benjamin who was documenting over 1000 whales migrating from the coast of South Africa to the warmer waters of Mozambique and Madagascar. And the 31-year-old confirmed that it is very rare to see such a powerful and majestic breach at such close proximity.
  • A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were
    Steven Benjamin / Barcroft Media
    A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were taken in June 2013 by marine tour guide Steven Benjamin who was documenting over 1000 whales migrating from the coast of South Africa to the warmer waters of Mozambique and Madagascar. And the 31-year-old confirmed that it is very rare to see such a powerful and majestic breach at such close proximity.
  • A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were
    Steven Benjamin / Barcroft Media
    A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were taken in June 2013 by marine tour guide Steven Benjamin who was documenting over 1000 whales migrating from the coast of South Africa to the warmer waters of Mozambique and Madagascar. And the 31-year-old confirmed that it is very rare to see such a powerful and majestic breach at such close proximity.
  • A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were
    Steven Benjamin / Barcroft Media
    A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were taken in June 2013 by marine tour guide Steven Benjamin who was documenting over 1000 whales migrating from the coast of South Africa to the warmer waters of Mozambique and Madagascar. And the 31-year-old confirmed that it is very rare to see such a powerful and majestic breach at such close proximity.
  • A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were
    Steven Benjamin / Barcroft Media
    A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were taken in June 2013 by marine tour guide Steven Benjamin who was documenting over 1000 whales migrating from the coast of South Africa to the warmer waters of Mozambique and Madagascar. And the 31-year-old confirmed that it is very rare to see such a powerful and majestic breach at such close proximity.
  • A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were
    Steven Benjamin / Barcroft Media
    A huge humpback whale leaps out of the water in an amazing display of strength and agility. These awe inspiring pictures were taken in June 2013 by marine tour guide Steven Benjamin who was documenting over 1000 whales migrating from the coast of South Africa to the warmer waters of Mozambique and Madagascar. And the 31-year-old confirmed that it is very rare to see such a powerful and majestic breach at such close proximity.
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