Give us a swing! Friendly humpback whale stuns the whale watcher by giving it a high-five with its huge fin
- The incredible moment took place in the Maui Nui Basin off the coast of Hawaii
- Humpback whale gracefully made its way to the whale watchers boat to say goodbye
- A man could high-five the whale as he raised his pecvin from the water
This man was stunned when he got a high five from a 30-ton whale.
Remarkable footage showed a happy man hauling a 40-foot whale while a crowd of whale watchers gasped with excitement.
The images are from Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel manager, Toni Colombo, from Maui, Hawaii.
An iPhone was used to create the clip that has over 40,000 views on Instagram.
Incredible footage showed a man pulling out a humpback whale while whale watchers gasped in Hawaii
On its way from Lahaina, Hawaii harbor, the North Pacific humpback whale was spotted two miles off the coast, where it hovered just four feet away for half an hour.
When a whale swims a short distance from a boat, it is colloquially referred to as ‘whale robberies’.
‘On this day, dozens beat their tails and spit. No sooner had Captain Joel Kenney turned off our engines when this curious humpback whale began to slowly and gracefully approach us, ”said Toni.
The humpback whale raised its pectoral fin and began to show off in front of us, seemingly aiming for a high-five from a guest who was surprised by the graceful maneuver, but the guests knew not to touch the whale.
‘We were all so amazed at this meeting and once again at the softness and body awareness of these gigantic creatures.
Experts say more than 10,000 humpback whales migrate to the shallow and warm waters of Hawaii’s Maui Nui Basin, making it excellent for great aerial performances like this one
Every year, more than ten thousand humpback whales migrate to the shallow and warm waters of the Maui Nui Basin, making it excellent for great aerial performances like this one.
They migrate to mate and give birth, before returning to Alaska later in the year.
This incredible experience reminds us how alive the ocean is and how everything we do affects the ocean and the creatures that live there.
Any chance you need to reduce, recycle, and use reef-safe sunscreen plastic for single use, take the time to do it. These big boys need all the help they can get. ‘
Humpback whales are protected in Hawaii and all federal conservation laws were observed during these shootings.
Ultimate Whale Watch did not approach this whale closer than 100 yards; this whale approached the vessel of its own free will, in which case the vessel must refrain from movement to protect the whale.