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Whale seen lurking under tourist boat in extraordinary moment caught on camera – World News

Tourists on a boat trip in the sea surrounding the Ha’apai islands of Tonga first spotted a mother humpback resting on the water before her baby came to join her

A whale is spotted beneath the water by tourists who look on from a boat

A whale is spotted beneath the water by tourists who look on from a boat – hoping to swim with them.

The mother humpback was spotted resting on the water surface first with her baby nearby in the sea surrounding the Ha’apai islands in Tonga.

According to photographer Erez Beatus the whales have a ‘genuine desire’ to be with humans as they often get very close.

Every 20 minutes, the female would come to the surface for air before diving 20 metres below again.

Whereas her baby – thought to be around five weeks old – would come up every few minutes before it decided to launch itself out of the water.







The mother humpback was spotted resting on the water surface first
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Her baby was nearby in the sea surrounding the Ha’apai islands in Tonga
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The 48 year old owner of tourism firm Freediving Holidays, who is based in Israel, said: “When we approach the whales we look for any signs of discomfort, and if we feel that the whales are not happy in our presence, we return to the boat.

“We spend between a few minutes to over an hour with them, observing their interactions and aim to leave the whales in the same way we met them – relaxed.







Photographer Erez Beatus believes the whales have a ‘genuine desire’ to be with humans as they often get very close
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“There is nothing in this world which comes close to making eye contact with a whale.

“When swimming with the whales, they sometimes choose to get really close and in those moments, beyond their immense size, I get the sense of gentleness and their desire to communicate.

“The favourite thing about these photos is the fact that the whales genuine desire to interact with the swimmers and the people on the boat.

“There was a tangible sense of nonverbal communication and joy.

“At the end of the interaction, the whales kept playing in the same area which meant they were not bothered by our presence.”

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