Humpback whales put on an incredible show for boaters, kayakers and paddlers Saturday beyond the Port San Luis shore near Avila Beach, Calif., vertically lunge-feeding in close proximity to land and allowing for dangerously close encounters.
But what stands out in one of Bill Bouton's remarkable images, posted above, is not only the protruding head of a large humpback. Check out the woman standing on a SUP board while wearing a black dress.
"In a dress AND carrying her camera," Bouton stated in the comments section beneath the image, which is posted along with with four others on his Flickr page.
A bikini ... understandable. Board shorts and a bikini top, sure. But a summer dress, while balancing on her board, trying to get footage and somehow also holding onto the long paddle?
It just goes to show how these super-dramatic feeding events, when they occur so close to populated areas, can become circus-like. People tend to drop what they're doing and try to get a closer look. Bouton, however, stated that he captured these images from shore with a powerful lens he uses for bird photography.
A second image is posted below. To see others visit Bouton's Flickr page and for more on the story see another Pete Thomas post from Saturday evening on GrindTv Outdoors.