A picture was captured by photographer Douglas Croft at the California water on Monterey Bay. The fishing boat has a narrow escape from the jumping, happy whale
Time and again mother nature has proven to us how mighty she really is with a breath-taking glimpse of its splendor. This magnificence was recently captured near the California water on Monterey Bay. According to the New York Post, a humpback whale was witnessed jumping through the waves surprising a nearby fishing boat. Shooting right above the surface of the water it created stunning waves.
Photographer and whale watcher, Douglas Croft was luckily within the vicinity when the giant mammal decided to tear through the calmness of the sea on April 27. During an interview with the Caters News Agency, Croft exclaimed, "It was quite exciting!" The 60-year-old photographer further informed how this time of the year is indeed a migratory path for Humpback and Gray whales and is the best time to go whale-watching. He said, "Salmon season coincides with the time when humpbacks are returning to Monterey Bay to feed for the summer, and there were hundreds of boats on the bay fishing."
The pictures and videos that were shot go to show how puny we are in the when compared to the magnificent species in this world. Of course, a series of pictures and video was shot from a porthole below deck on another boat. Explaining further he said, "I went below deck to shoot from a porthole close to the water line. That’s what gives this amazing perspective of looking up at the whale." This clever and well-executed angle gives one the impression of looking up at the incredible humpback spinning high up in the air.
"Since the boat is closer, it should look bigger, but the whale is huge," Croft explained. The whale was seen shooting up, tearing right past the strong waves behind a fisherman's boat named Baja Sueno. Though it was a "huge" creature the photographer did have to work his angle to make the creature seem larger than life when compared to the unsuspected boat which was in front of him. "The whale is huge! If I’d been the fisherman, I’d probably need some new underwear," Croft told media.
The experienced photographer did get some help from whale watcher Kate Cummings who had spotted the whale breach the sea surface many times before the 60-year-old got his perfect shot. She also told Caters, "It was fun capturing this video. The whale had already breached multiple times much further away from the fisherman." Imparting her knowledge about the whale breach she said, " But sometimes when whales breach multiple times, they’re also heading a specific direction when they’re underwater building momentum for the next breach."
Finally, she came to the conclusion, the next breach would surely happen when a boat is nearby after learning quite a lot from her past experiences. She said, "I figured the next breach would be around the fisherman because the whale was heading that way and sure enough!" The only thing that she hardly expected was the perfection with which the whale would align along with the boat and result in an amazing photograph. Expressing her surprise she said, "Though I didn’t expect the whale and the boat to line up so perfectly."
This particular species of humpback whales belong to the same family as the largest mammals on earth, blue whales. Their pectoral fins can grow up to a length of 16 feet and the females alone can be at least 50 feet long, weighing 25-30 metric tons, which is five-time heavier than a fully grown male African elephant. As per the reports by National Geographic, the population of these humpback whales had reduced considerably before the 1985 ban. This ban lawfully prohibited masses from indulging in any activity pertaining to whaling.
Thankfully the number has improved since then. At a certain point of time, they were at the brink of extinction, but after a forty-year-long initiative, the number's up. Back in 2016, the NOAA Fisheries announced that the numbers had improved to such an extent that these mammals were removed from the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. However, the only threat these creatures face is the death by ship collisions.