Australian photographer Beau Pilgrim got the surprise of a lifetime recently when an adult humpback whale breached right in front of him, landing just a couple of meters away from the swimming photographer. Fortunately for us, he captured the incredible moment on video.
Pilgrim was shooting off the coast of Tonga a couple of weeks ago when this happened, shooting with his trusty Canon 5DIII and 1DXII safely ensconced in Aquatec housings. Critically, he also keeps a GoPro attached to both of his rigs when he’s swimming, “to avoid missing any exciting occurrences.”
“It was the most surreal and incredible experience […] being meters from this Humpback Whale when it breached and landed next to me,” writes Pilgrim on Facebook. “Such an amazing adrenaline rush!”