When you’re out in the ocean, hanging out in your fishing boat, you expect to catch fish. You’re aware the sea contains an abundance of animals, like huge whales and terrifying sharks, and that there’s a possibility you may see one, but that’s as far your expectations go. You definitely wouldn’t expect a whale to jump out of the sea, right beside your fishing boat.
And yet, that’s precisely what ended up happening to one fisherman as he peacefully rested in his boat, Baja Sueno, in the video down below. Kate Cummings from Blue Ocean Whale Watch captured the shot in Monterey Bay in Canada.
While there were hundreds of fishing boats in the Bay, it was this—unlucky or lucky, depending on how you look at it—man who had a humpback whale jump out right next to his boat.
When the video begins, there’s a lone fishing boat in view. The water is still and calm. Not even when the humpback whale is near the top does it make fishing boat rock too hard. Out of nowhere, the humpback whale leaps out of the ocean and toward the sky! He flips mid-air before landing back in the water on its belly. It makes a huge splash as it falls back inside its home.
The people recording let out the typical reaction we would’ve all had—very loud, “Whoa’s!” We can only imagine what the fisherman in the boat was thinking or feeling because while the sight might’ve been extraordinary and unforgettable, it must’ve been terrifying.
Humpback whales are the size of school buses, so imagine sitting in your car, only to see a school bus suddenly flipping right in front of you. That fear you’d feel is probably what the fisherman was feeling.
He didn’t know if the whale was about to accidentally land on top of him or rock the boat so hard he’d fall straight into the ocean. Thankfully, none of that happened, and the only thing that man walked out with was one of the best stories ever.
Kate, the woman who recorded the video, said, “That the breach was directly behind the fishing boat 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.”
If you’d like to see this incredible video, watch the video below!