A boatload of camera-toting tourists almost missed the moment of a lifetime when a sneaky whale pops up behind their boat as they looked the wrong way.
Whale watchers are caught napping instead of snapping as their giant quarry sneaks up unnoticed behind them.
This is the hilarious moment a boatload of camera-toting tourists almost missed the moment of a lifetime when a sneaky whale pops up behind their boat as they looked the wrong way.
The group were pictured waiting patiently with their cameras poised when the 40-foot marine mammal appeared just a few feet away.
But there was no regretful blubbering as luckily the sightseers turned around just in time to spot the grey whale, which can weigh up to 60,000lbs, before she disappeared back into the water.
The funny scene was captured by director and photographer Eric J Smith during a trip to San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico.
The 49-year-old from Los Angeles said: “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 realised she was so close.
“When everyone turned around, she quickly sank below the surface.
“Cheering and hysterical laughter ensued.
Reproduced from an article in the Daily Mirror