Close encounters with whales produce a wide array of reactions, but one man’s reaction to discovering a pod of humpback whales emerging to feed very close to his boat was much different than the typical “Wow!” response.
The accompanying footage, which contains brief profanity, is undoubtedly producing lots of smiles as it begins to circulate on the Internet.
Tony Flanders and Brad Rich were fishing off Seward, Alaska, when the whales began to lunge feed at the surface, their heads emerging with gaping mouths, creating quite a spectacle.
For Flanders, the awesome display at such close quarters was just too much, and he began to laugh hysterically. "Oh my God, they're right in front of us!" he begins.
Rich is quoted by Azula as saying, “”I knew that humpbacks do this group feeding. So I knew what was happening as soon as it happened.
"But to be in the middle of that, to actually experience that as to just watching it, it was the most awe-inspiring thing, it’s the most amazing thing to have ever happened to me.”