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‘Mind-blowing’ moment two humpback whales breach

A father-daughter duo experienced the surprise of a lifetime when two humpback whales breached the water in front of their boat.

Sean Russell and his daughter Sarah had been fishing at Conception Bay in Newfoundland at around 6am when the two whales, who were feeding nearby, swam up to their boat.

The humpback whales then launched their bodies out of the water and twirled right in front of the pair before splashing back into the sea.

The clip, which was filmed on August 23, stars with Sarah and her father looking out across the ocean trying to spot the whales as Mr Russell asks: ‘Where did he go? We scared him.’

Seconds later, the large mammal shoots out from the sea and twirls in the air before splashing back into the water and repeating the action.

Sarah looks at her father in shock as her father asks: ‘Now what do you think of that?’

Overwhelmed with what she has just seen, Sarah replies: ‘Oh my god what just happened? Oh my goodness.’

A second humpback whale then breaches and twirls in the air as the stunned father and daughter watch.

After the encounter, Sarah described the moment as ‘absolutely mind-blowing.’

She told Global News: ‘We woke up this morning and decided to go fishing and we asked everyone if they wanted to come but they never and it was at 6 o’clock.

‘We went out and there were these humpbacks around us and we were like ”Ok” and then they disappeared we were like, ”Where are they?”

‘Out of nowhere they start shooting out and doing spins up in the air – two of them.

‘The two of them went down and kept on swirling up in the air and then finally they got to a certain spot and they were just lying there splashing their flukes.’ 

Mr Russell explained that he had his camera ready just in case he was fortunate enough to see the whales again after failing to catch them on a fishing trip the previous week.

He said: ‘We were an hour on the water fishing and they were around us just feeding and last week by the time I got my camera they were gone.

‘They were feeding for about an hour and not one of them jumped and then they came up to us and so I grabbed a camera and said now we’ve got to get this picture but we didn’t expect to see them jump like that out the water.

‘It’s much closer than it looks on the camera because the camera doesn’t do justice to what we’ve seen.

‘To have two of them spin was absolutely amazing.’   

Humpback whales are found in every ocean around the world and often grow up to 16ft long.

They typically feature dark backs, light bellies, pleats on their throats, a small hump in front of their dorsal fin and a large tail fin which is called a fluke. 

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