Whale-Watching Tourists Meters Away From Getting Hit By A Giant Tail

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Hold onto your life jackets - things may get a little bumpy. According to the U.K. Daily Mail, tourists in the Antarctic Peninsula were shocked when a huge Humpback Whale tail breached the water right by their tiny raft. The lucky group managed to catch up with two of the 48-ton sea creatures that were making their way down the coast to feast on krill. Perhaps knowing he had an audience, one of the whales did a deep dive, allowing his impressive fluke to breach the water.

The whale tail barely missed landing on the raft of tourists a few meters away. The camera- happy group was shocked by the close encounter, but the picture-perfect moment didn't scare them off. Professional photographer and tour guide Tony Beck caught the meeting on his camera from another boat nearby. He told the Daily Mail, "I've learned to expect the unexpected - those on the boat were smiling, many cheered and laughed."

The tour guide knows when to prepare for a big show from the whales. Beck explains that the whales usually stay close to the surface to gather krill, breaching only slightly to release their breath. After several minutes of this, the animals try to go a little deeper and arch their backs for a deep dive.

"Whenever I see humpback whales doing this I know that their tail follows them out of the water," Beck told Daily Mail. "And, poof - they were gone for about six or seven minutes. When this happens, it's a real adrenaline rush."

The tour boat patrons can certainly attest to that rush. The whales, on the other fin, just went about their normal business, unaware of the show they had just put on.

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They are safe except from the Japanese...they still hunt wales with saying it is for research...if it is for research then how come they sell the meat to resturants....

November 10 2013 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As long as it being treated, there's not much more that can be done. Our bodies have a way of healing themselves.. He will be fine and if not, that's just nature taking its course, life goes on

November 15 2012 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


October 05 2012 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

asking Alisalur about illegal who enforces it ?

October 04 2012 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alislur Illegal? who enforces that ?

October 04 2012 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Had the privilege of taking an Antarctic expedition through the Falklands, South Georgia, Elephant Island and Antarctica in 05. The wildlife is astonishing. Hope to return.

October 04 2012 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you bet - Antarctica, being a strict dictatorship, has most of it's prisons full of those who approach whales too closely

October 04 2012 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What do they expect? Are they that stupid?

October 04 2012 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Felicia Faulkner

I would be so excited! Love whales! This past summer I was at Dewey Beach in Delaware, saw a tale fluke shoot out of the water, made my entire summer!

October 04 2012 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isn't it illegal to get that close to whales, unless if he/she pups up next to you?

October 04 2012 at 2:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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