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A sneaky whale pops up behind sightseers as they look the wrong way.

A sneaky whale pops up behind sightseers as they look the wrong way.

Spartan2470

[Here](https://i.imgur.com/0Fjx9ql.jpg?desktop=1) is a higher quality and less cropped version of this image. [Here](https://www.esmithimages.com/nature-wildlife) is the source. More of his work can be found [here](https://www.esmithimages.com/). For the story behind the picture, [here](https://www.digitalphotopro.com/technique/camera-technique/how-i-made-it-the-story-behind-eric-smiths-surprising-whale-photo/) he explains: > In March of 2020, the week before the world shut down, I returned to Baja’s San Ignacio Lagoon to photograph the migratory gray whales. I had been there in 2017 and it changed my life. The ability to have such close contact with those amazingly intelligent and friendly creatures was like nothing I had ever experienced. Every morning, small groups of visitors board small motorboats known as pangas, to see the whales. In this photograph, a panga with people from my camp were approached by a mother and her baby, known as “a cow and calf pair.” The calf made an appearance near the bow of the boat causing everyone to look forward. A second later, the mother emerged a foot behind the stern in behavior called a spy hop. She slowly and silently stuck her head high above the water to look around. 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. Cheering and hysterical laughter ensued.


RaptorPrime

So crazy to think about their level of control in the water


HorsesAndAshes

Thinking about animals that know how to move in water like that freak me out. Like.. me in water is the equivalent to an elephant in an autumn forest freaking out and stomping on the leaves and sticks and kicking dirt and debris everywhere. Lmao. Then a giant whale can quietly sneak up behind and be like "you ok bro?" Like this picture and I just don't know how to feel about it.


BaZing3

Yeah but we're way better in water than they are on land. Most whales can't even walk. Bunch of wet idiots.


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Yeah but do


boyferret

You can say that again.


ksm6149

Yeah but do


DrJerkberg

>freaking out and stomping on the leaves and sticks and kicking dirt and debris everywhere Did I meet you on my last guided snorkeling tour? ;)


passinghere

Scuba diving instructor and dive guide... know just what you mean ;)


DrJerkberg

I think it's often worse with snorkelers because they are often not used to being in the water at all. For scuba diving it's a bit of a mixed bag I guess. Some dives are excellent with great people and others... not so much. On my last (relatively shallow) dive one guy was out of air after 15(!) minutes and had to be escorted to the surface. We continued the dive for another 40ish minutes after that. Then you get these people with lots of dives under their belt doing absolutely idiotic stuff. One member of the team ran out of air so the guide signaled us to stay put while he took him back to the boat. One guy who supposedly had done 400+ dives didn't get it and panicked when the guide left (even though we were there with him, he wasn't by himself). So he popped up to the surface from the reef wall we were at and climbed on top of it (the top was almost touching the surface) to look for the boat.


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Nixter295

There are actually elephants that live in forests, saw it in a documentary long ago, it’s really cool because they basically just follow the pathways their ancestors made true generations.


Plantsandanger

I’ve had one come up 6-12ft under my boat. You could feel the ripple of them surfacing rock the boat and see it under the water. Luckily it surfaced at an angle and broke the waterline ~15-20 ft away, because we were in a dinky zodiac along a jagged, wave pounded cliff line with no way to get out of the water without swimming for a mile in deep ocean in either direction along the coast to hit a place we could crawl out of the water. The captain was white as a sheet; his family was on board too, and his younger brother, another boat enthusiast, promptly strapped on a life jacket and started drinking to calm the heck down. Previously only the kids had been required to wear floaties. Found out later that both brothers knew if the boat got knocked there’d be zero chance of radioing for help before the boat capsized, as they hadn’t had coms up and running/open before the whale showed up. The area was known for sharks, and while they weren’t too interested in humans, if we hit the jagged rocks trying to scramble out of the sea there would be blood in the water, which might tempt the few shark types who didn’t give humans a wide berth. I remember they turned on all their equipment after that and left it on despite the noise. Best boat trip ever.


MmmPurpleCarrots

I had a similar experience! We were whale watching on a little rickety motor boat and a humpback mother and calf swam under us. It looked like a school bus was passing underneath us. It was terrifying but also one of the cooler experiences of my life.


eatitwithaspoon

thank you! :)


0ogaBooga

Thanks for the citations! Ive used a bunch of the photos you provide sources for as desktop backgrounds. You make reddit better one post at a time!


Brewfintunafisk

I’ve been there twice by boat. It really is a magical place!


poisonpurple

Whales are mega trolls.


londons_explorer

The whales eyes are far from its mouth, so it has to come a long way out if the water to see Even when it does so, it's eyes don't focus well in air, so it has to be very close to see anything


Tellymon

I bet she quickly sank below the surface, right when she realized a propeller was slicing her neck open


unrealco

“ what you guys lookin at??”


Verkley

"Trying to spot some whales, shut the fuck up, you'll scare em away"


nullrout1

Reminds me of the time I walked around a corner on a trail in Muir Woods National Monument (forest of coastal redwoods...not quite giant sequoias, but real close). Guy says in a hushed tone, shh, there is a deer right there. I yelled REAL loud "**YOU MEAN THAT ONE RIGHT THERE!!!**". Everyone gives me the stinkeye, well everyone but the deer who didn't even look up from munching on something. I'm like yeah, he knows we're here, he doesn't care because he sees five thousand people a day. My GF wanted the deer to look at us so she could get a pic. I took four or five dry branches in my hands and said, on three, be ready.... One, Two, Three, **SNAP** as I broke them. That was about the only thing that got his attention. I even tried a **HEY DEER!** first and he didn't even flinch.


AlienC12

Also, if you want to get closer to a deer just make your presence known. Otherwise it will think your stalking it and want to hunt it.


ElDeguello66

Also blasting Florida Georgia Line from your Bluetooth speaker will make your ill intentions known to the deer as well.


Mindes13

Why would the deer care if you want to date your sister?


angroro

"Hi guys. Whatcha doin?"


Julious_Frost

"Oh hey Isabella! We are searching for wheals today!"


Skav18

🎵 Doofenshmirtz out on the ocean 🎵


MoonandStars83

r/UnexpectedDanville


Quackity_y

r/wheals


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On_On_Hashers

I think you basically just tow it, you don't try to get it onboard


Revolutionary-Work-3

I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat.


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squishybloo

"Got any games on your phone?"


soullessroentgenium

"He's behind me isn't he?"


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netherkate

“Guys I don’t see it, what’s the thing we should be lookin at?”


P0rtal2

IRL whale version of this scene from [Indiana Jones](https://youtu.be/Np4OojYGixI?t=90s).


AskAboutMyCoffee

I THINK I SEE EM!!!


mrshatnertoyou

https://i.imgur.com/rOo7Vlq.gifv


MintberryCruuuunch

"hey, hey guys watch this, im going to make these humans crap themselves"


raltyinferno

That's terrifying.


AnduinIsAZombie

I would literally shit my pants hahaha


fuckmeuntilicecream

YEET


RigasTelRuun

Sweet mother fucking Jesus Christ. Why did I watch that.


Qbncgr

Please tell me you got that Julie….WHAM!


Inquisitive_idiot

🥰


Beneficial_Milk_8287

My soul would just leave my body if I turned round and saw a whole ass whale just breaching the surface


Shnoochieboochies

That one guy looking right at him.


4sventy

It seems he hasn't spotted him. Looks kinda clueless..


Kagrok

looking at the photographer


Qbncgr

“What you looking at? The whales are in front of us!”


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Comrade14

[It's real] (https://www.digitalphotopro.com/technique/camera-technique/how-i-made-it-the-story-behind-eric-smiths-surprising-whale-photo/)


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Comrade14

My guess is that it was swimming up the the surface vertically very slowly. Edit: in the article it says that it's something whales do called a "spy hop"


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gladiator_12739

Yeah, just ask your mom


Shady_Yoga_Instructr

LMAOOOOOOOOOO


sibemama

Dammit I just wasted my award


gladiator_12739

I don't really care about awards anyway, I appreciate it tho


SoULtiNi

American tourists. Definitely clueless.


RojoTheMighty

This pic was taken just a *fraction* of a second before "HOLY SH\*T!!"


DuckOnQuak

He’s looking at us lmao


ThatOneGuy-C6

Did somebody say thatoneguy?


Robbierr

"We're gonna hit that rock!"


garry4321

"Have you guys thought about getting the extended warranty?"


305FUN

It's behind you! Photo credit: Eric J. Smith https://shoutoutla.com/meet-eric-j-smith-documentary-photographer-director/


Wilhelm_Amenbreak

"We have been trying to reach you about your cars extended warranty."


iCatmire

Reminds me of a small dialogue in Witcher 3 where this guy been looking for a whale his entire life and misses out on seeing it because he is talking to Geralt in that exact moment that the whale breaches


Coach_GordonBombay

This seems like a very small boat for that size of whale.


PublicEnemaNumberOne

Exactly my first thought. He comes up a few feet over and those elderly sightseers are going to take a bath.


notabigmelvillecrowd

In my hometown the whale watching cruises are on pretty big boats, and all the tourists look like they're wearing neon orange space suits, they've got so much head to toe safety gear on. The difference is wild. But I guess to be fair I guess you're gonna die a lot faster in the waters of the PNW vs Baja.


barefoot_yank

If this is where I think it is, Scammon's Lagoon, or someplace close, the whales are quite used to interaction with humans and in these little boats called pangas. If it's not Scammon's, bad on me but it obviously is a whale sighting boat. (scammon's is down in baja)


chimpmansteven

! (Metal Gear style)


Inquisitive_idiot


rooftops


Inquisitive_idiot

📦…..📦


accoladevideo

This is kinda terrifying. Now I want a version of Jaws with a whale instead of a shark


InfamousAnimal

It's called moby dick


eveon24

That book is an absolute masterpiece.


doblitons

It's the most alright book I've ever read. I'm sure the sections on whaling have some symbolic relevance to the text but I couldn't figure it out so it read like a bunch of filler text.


TakeItToTheMax

if you dont like the cetology chapters you're a nerd


BUTTHOLE-MAGIC

With TV's and picture books and all sorts of media we are all able to know what whales are and look like. How they swim and behave. We take it for granted. Readers when the book was published would mostly have no clue. So the book does its best to describe whales so people can visualize them.


Cloaked42m

Not really, it's just telling you what stuff is so you don't ask dumb questions later on in the book.


digitalosiris

Then you want [Orca](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076504/). The one from '77; not the one from last year.


EatYourCheckers

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/man-swallowed-60000lb-whale-dubbed-24309720


sibemama

His AMA was so fun!


EatYourCheckers

oh I missed that, will go look for it thanks


aschwartzmann

why not both. Whale sharks are a thing


Cloaked42m

Gummed to death....


Wilhelm_Amenbreak

I really liked The Fast and the Furious, but what if we made that movie and instead of street racing, we replaced it with surfing?


Cloaked42m

I really liked Point Break, but how bout instead of parachutes and surfing, we set it in Italy with tiny cars?


Wilhelm_Amenbreak

I really liked that movie Cars, but what if instead of a talking car, it is a Doctor who gets stranded in a remote town?


Captain_Sacktap

There was a guy on here just a few days ago who did an AMA about how he was accidentally eaten by a humpback whale last week, made the news and everything. Both he and the whale are ok, didn’t mean to eat him.


ForeverTheDM

The behavior is called spy hopping, great whites do it too, and in the book Jaws this exact thing happens where, Brody, Hooper, and Quint and looking over one side of the boat for the shark and Brody glances over his shoulder for a sec and the shark was right there, staring at them.


waterloograd

The one guy looking and thinking "if I say anything they will capsize the boat"


ghalta

"Excuse me, but have you heard of our lord and savior Poseidon? If you don't move your boat I can help you meet him."


BrokenArmsFrigidMom

“Worst tour ever. We didn’t see a single whale, in fact I’m starting to doubt that whales exist. 1 star!”


JuiceAndJews

WHY! WHY DO THE WHALE PICS KEEP FINDING ME! I'M TERRIFIED OF WHALES!


Captain_Sacktap

Why? They don’t go out of their way to harm people, and as long as you don’t go onto boats on the ocean they can’t accidentally harm you either.


JuiceAndJews

It's the sheer size of them. I'm frankly just afraid of most things in the ocean.


magi182

That image looks photoshopped to me. An ocean-going boat like that would have a big freaking outboard motor hanging off the rear of the boat to push around a boat that size with 7 people plus gear. The guide (guy in blue hat) obviously has his hand on the tiller. That whale is occupying the space where the outboard motor should be. Plus, the angle of the shadow on the stern, presumably cast by the whale does not quite match the angle of the shadow on the woman's arm that is hanging over the edge.


rohtozi

This was what I was thinking as well, it’s a well documented photo though- but it’s hard to believe that whale does not currently have a motor inside him the way this looks. Could also be the angle and flattening dimension. The photographer most likely has a 250+mm lens to photograph this from a distance and with that type of lens, distances appear smushed, so the whole could be further from the boat than it looks. Edit: looking at it again I’m almost positive that is what is happening. As others have pointed out, that boat is likely 20-25ft but looks shortened in this photo. Similarly, all 7 people look like they are on the same plane with little depth between them. That whale is a few feet from the boat but it doesn’t look it. Still certainly close, but high mm will mess with your eyes that way.


Teenbean75

Hilarious!


Coquinha_gelada_hm

peekaboo!


hellyhans

Fuckin Palpatine over there just staring like... what?


Berfs1

Ah its just a rock ok we have no dangers


i_max2k2

What are those hex bolt like thing near its jaw, like a bunch of them.


allfriggedup

Barnacles.


Stock-Boat-8449

Barnacles


GandalfTheWhey

"BYE BUDDY. Hope you find your dad!"


Malcolmpargin

I wouldn't be surprised if it's discovered that whales like to do this to sightseers often.


monkeyking02

That one guy bear the back is just like “hop up”


AuctusOps

That is an impressive shot!


CyberNinja23

*Lobster diver pops out of mouth and proceeds to guide tour*


ArchDucky

How are birds pooping on whales?


KixQuiet

I wasn’t even sure it was possible for a whale to be sneaky But here it is


Jlx_27

I can hear it giggle as he (or she) is tricking those tourists. "Heheheh"


MasterOfTheAbyss

"Terrible experience. Didn't see any whales at all."


mikedeezy22

This is so much better than taking a picture of a whale alone. Now they all have a photo WITH a whale.


DaileyWithBailey

Guy holding the camera with the white tshirt looks like Jim Lahey


MrsMurphysChowder

Rub a dub dub, too many people in that tub! Whale goes flash, people go splash, and big shark teeth go gnash, gnash, gnash!!


jumpingjacks07

Whale hello there.. :)


scrollingrobin

That one guy is going to talk non stop about the whale he saw and no one is going to belive him lol


wickedysplit25

Worst whale watchers in history 🤣😅


77007Shakes

I visited Sri San Ignacio bay in 2007 and it was an incredible experience.


tanktametet-pwemskan

Now if the whale was facing the other way and spouted out its blowhole at just the right time, it would be a sneaky, cheeky whale.


behappydammit

Spell it out a bit more because I still don’t get what I’m looking at. Is it a guy in a gorilla suit riding a unicycle?


Cloaked42m

Playing fire breathing bagpipes. Yes, you got it.


DramaLlamadary

Wait, let me dig out my powerpoint presentation consisting of text block slides that I will read to you word for word, it should help.


ConscientiousApathis

This has all the feeling of Warner bros. cartoon.


trakrad99

The barnacles on the whale’s mouth look like hexagons or nuts. Maybe it’s actually a steampunk whale spying on them!


grafxguy1

[BAZINGA!](https://i.gifer.com/JPis.gif)


Nervous_Cranberry196

“Bazinga!”


dhgaut

Photoshop. That whale would be grinding on the outboard motor if it were real


lostinlactation

Or a long lens that is smooshing the perspective?


1trickana

Looks shopped to me too, look how calm the water is around the whale and also there's no shadows


HiveFleet-Cerberus

There's literally proof it's real further in the thread.


LittleBeeGirl

That tiny ass boat to look for giant whales


Significant_Pilot104

😄


Egon35

Classic!


bustedbuddha

I wonder if that guy looking right at the camera even sees the whale through his hate.


witchyanne

What hate? What the ?


itachiwaswrong

I feel like I’m going to want a bigger boat if I’m trying to see whales


ScribblingOff87

Sneak 100


limperbiscuit

Whale: what are we looking at? Fellow humans


Nite124

Gottem


mightyscoosh

MARCO!!! ...polo


witchyanne

Yikes! One tailswish and this is a whole other photo!


Theradri

Bazinga!


Daryl_Hall

Boop


boarder9094

Im a rock...nothing to see here


USAOHSUPER

A whale of a peek-a-boo! Peekaboo!


jaykaybaybay

Amazing photo, even the guy looking at the camera seems to be missing the whale


Yellowsunflowerlover

Lmao I wonder how that one guy felt as he stared right into the whale's soul!


swagdaddy69123

This reminds me of those photos where "This is the first camera" *How they take the picture then?


amitym

"Oh hey you guys lookin for whales? I love lookin for whales!"


LifeWin

Dude in green: "Hey Whaley, have you seen any ***wuuuuaaaahhhhh?!?!***"


Industrialpainter89

"Psst! Wanna buy some whale drugs??"


Thorhees

I swear they do this shit on purpose. I saw a whole 2 tail flippers on my Alaskan cruise but the second I looked away, one did a full breach and all I caught when I looked back was the splash. They fuckin know. Tricky water ungulates.


Narcan9

What's that rock doing in the middle of the ocean?


yesmomitsme

Peek a boo! I see you! Do t you don’t see me!


himynameismatt13

There is another whale they are looking at. It's cropped out


AsymptoticAbyss

Whale that sucks


cat-ass-trophy

Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear


turtleXL

*We're gonna need a bigger boat*


Substantial_Potato93

“Would you like to buy some cookies?”


julbull73

My scariest moment on these boat watching tours, our boat was maybe 2-3x the size of the one they are on. A male orca swims underneath us, it's fucking tail was the length of our boat, this was big mother fucker even for an orca. I was the only one who saw it it flicked its fucking tail to swim and the fucking boat MOVED ~20-30ft. Then it fucking jumped out of the water. IF it did that a little earlier. EVERYONE on that boat would've been dead. Ex: https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2021/06/11/australian-18-year-old-critically-injured-when-breaching-humpback-whale-lands-on-boat/ The biggest thing that HAS EVER LIVED, is a whale. EVER. Dinosaurs included.


Aryaras99

“Sneaky whale”. That’s new


Fazl_xD

"Gentlemen."🔪 🚬


caitycc

“Hey guys! What you looking at?”


butters-chaos

One guy saw it


botaine

They are like giant puppy dogs that want to play.


tallonfive

Poor whale probably has cancer even though he just bought his first house.


odomotto

We gone need a bigger boat!


Stuft-shirt

Peek-a-boo


Perennially

“Did you guys hear that one of you swam inside one of us? Crazy.”


drakejones99

Oh, SHIT!


Any_Drink6280

Incredible.. what happens next?


dlbear

Clever girl.


Useful-Perspective

Opened to look for this comment. Was not disappointed. A++! Would read again!


Epena501

“I’ve been trying to reach you guys about your car insurance.”


kmikek

Sneaky whale is sneaky