Lucky Whale Watchers Get An Insanely Close View Of Humpback Pod

When you go on a whale-watch, just the prospect of seeing the majestic creatures at all is seriously thrilling. For a few lucky tourists off the coast of Massachusetts, their trip out to sea turned into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get really cozy with the ocean's gentle giants.
08/10/2015 11:31 am ET Updated Aug 10, 2016
USA, Alaska, Tongass National Forest, Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaengliae) breaching in Frederick Sound
USA, Alaska, Tongass National Forest, Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaengliae) breaching in Frederick Sound

By Rebecca Endicott, writer at LittleThings.com

When you go on a whale-watch, just the prospect of seeing the majestic creatures at all is seriously thrilling. For a few lucky tourists off the coast of Massachusetts, their trip out to sea turned into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get really cozy with the ocean's gentle giants.

SeaSalt Charters brought a group out on the water in the hopes of catching humpback whales 'bubble net feeding' from the surface of the ocean. This is a hunting technique unique to humpbacks, who team up to trap a school of fish by blowing bubbles at them from all sides, and then scooping up the ensnared seafood in their enormous mouths.

On this particular occasion, the guides spotted the bubbles from above and settled into place, hoping for a show. And boy, did the whales deliver!

Swooping up from under the bow of the charter boat, a pod of at least four humpbacks (but probably more) nearly knock into the vessel, breaching right alongside the deck in their pursuit of a tasty meal. As we saw with this impatient humpback, these whales are not at all cowed by humans.

The charter was adhering to regulation, meaning that they stopped moving once whales were in the area, and didn't intentionally come within 100 feet of the animals, so they definitely weren't expecting to meet these colossal creatures in such close quarters.

While I doubt that anyone on that boat will ever forget this amazing encounter, it definitely seems a tiny bit close for comfort. After all, while humpbacks wouldn't hunt a human, they are definitely big enough to accidentally capsize a boat!

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