Photos Show Whale Watchers Failing to See Huge Whale Pop Up Right Beside Their Boat in Baja

By Caters News Agency
Caters News Agency
Caters News Agency
June 18, 2021 Updated: June 19, 2021

Whale watchers off the coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico, nearly missed the moment of a lifetime when a sneaky whale popped up right beside their boat—as they looked the wrong way.

Photos taken from another boat caught the embarrassing episode on camera.

The group were pictured waiting patiently with their cameras poised, and very nearly missed the spectacular sight because they were all facing the wrong way, while the whale had surfaced less than a foot from their boat.

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Whale watchers look in the wrong direction as a whale surfaces less than a foot from their boat. (Caters News)

Luckily, the sightseers turned around just in time to spot the colossal marine mammal before she disappeared back into the ocean.

The funny scene was captured by photographer Eric J. Smith during a trip to San Ignacio Lagoon.

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The whale was photographed at San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California Sur, Mexico. (Caters News)
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The whale watchers had a close encounter after realizing the whale was right beside their boat. (Caters News)
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The whale was photographed breaching during the encounter. (Caters News)

“She slowly and silently stuck her head high above the water to look around,” the 49-year-old from Los Angeles said.

“I was in another panga a few dozen feet away and caught the moment right before everyone realized she was so close.

“When everyone turned around, she quickly sank below the surface.”

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A closeup shot of the whale eyeing the camera underwater. (Caters News)

Upon spotting the whale, cheering and hysterical laughter ensued.

“Whale photography involves a lot of luck, but the key is to always be on alert and ready,” Smith said.

“On a whale watching voyage, it is easy to get complacent because there is a lot of waiting.

“It seems like the moment you let your guard down a spectacular breach occurs.”

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The tail end of a whale breaching. (Caters News)

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.

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