Have a great time! Excited calf jumps out of the water for surprised divers before Tonga
- Baby Humpback Whale suddenly swam up and broke the surface in Ha’apai, Tonga, surprising snorkelers
- Photographs were made by freediver Erez Beatus, 45, when he was swimming with a group of tourists
- They had hung the humpback and his mother for a few moments before he decided to break
This is the amazing moment when a baby humpback jumps out of the water just a few meters from a group of snorkelers before he swims away with his mother.
The whale-like neighborhood of nature was captured by freediver Erez Beatus, 45, when he swam off the coast of Ha’apai, Tonga in August.
They had been swimming above the young humpback and his mother for a short while before the baby decided to surprise everyone and swim up to break the surface
The humpback calf broke the surface next to the group of divers as they swam along the coast of Ha’apai in the Pacific Ocean
Freediver Erez Beatus, who took the stunning images, said they had swum over a mother’s hump and calf for a short time before the baby decided to break through the water
Mr. Beatus said the group had hovered on the surface when a mother was resting beneath the waves “while her baby was catching her breath”.
“The interaction was very gentle and relaxed, so none of us expected it when the baby suddenly swam past me and broke right between me and one of the guests.
“The baby landed in a huge splash and kept breaking while it swam away from us. The mother joined her baby and after about 5 minutes of breathing and beating, the couple resumed their rest a few hundred meters from us.
“The group was excited and a little shocked when the break occurred right next to us. Usually we want to be away from the jumping whales, because even this baby is about five meters long and weighs around four tons! “
The humpback whale has gone from vulnerable to least worried on the IUCN red list after a whaling ban.
After being close to the group, the couple swam away from the area before returning to slow relaxed swimming
Humpback whales are now considered to be the least worrying species on the IUCN Red List, after having previously been identified as vulnerable