Out of my whale!

Tourist captures giant 50-tonne finback surge out the water to feast just inches from a boat full of people in Quebec

  • A giant 50 tonne, 18m long finback whale surfaced to feed in Quebec
  • It breached by a boat full of French tourists and missed them by inches
  • Eric Mouellic was on his first trip to Canada and recorded the encounter
  • The boat operator said he had never seen anything like it in 15 years

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Whale encounters do not get much closer than this! A French tourist captured an enormous 18 meter long fin whale rising to feast just inches from a boat full of people. The captain had never seen anything like it.

Eric Mouellic was on his first trip to Canada and decided to go whale watching by Tadoussac in Quebec. Open wide: The moment a 50 tonne fin whale breaches by a boat of tourists in Quebec

He could not have hoped to have had a better view of the world’s second biggest mammal. The huge 50 tonne fin whale broke the surface to swallow krill just inches away from the boat with a crowd of tourists on board.

It then plunged down underneath the vessel heading back to the deep. Mr Mouellic’s footage of the rare-encounter has now gone viral after he uploaded it on YouTube1 last weekend. The best recorded angle of the breach currently has over 300,000 views.

Mr Mouellic told CBC News2: ‘We were really lucky. Within 15 minutes of our departure, we saw porpoises, seals, belugas and several finback whales. Out of my whale! The 18m long mammal almost crashes into the vessel after rising to feast

Close encounter: The whale then plunges down underneath the boat returning to the deep

‘It was already marvelous. Then there were these two finbacks, one of which passed under the Zodiac without touching the boat.

It was, in fact, magic.’

He added the boat operator said he had never seen anything like it in 15 years. Whales try to avoid hitting boats, which is why in the video the mammal turns on its side to escape a collision. A non-profit marine mammal researcher based in Tadoussac put the measurements of the beast at 18 meters long and weighing around 50 tonnes.

References

  1. ^ YouTube (www.youtube.com)
  2. ^ CBC News (www.cbc.ca)

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