PortandTerminal.com, August 25, 2020
ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND – Sean Russel and his daughter Sarah got the surprise of their lifetime Sunday morning, when two 45-tonne animals literally crashed their cod fishing trip.
Sarah and Sean Russell set out onto Conception Bay around 6 a.m., and started fishing near Kelly’s Island, where two humpback whales were also nearby feeding. Sean Russell said the whales had been quietly doing their own thing until their behaviour changed, and the whales swam up to the boat.
“It’s not uncommon to have whales around the boat,” Russell told Canada’s Global News on Monday. “The whales are usually around and eating there, too.”
What happened next though was completely unexpected. Not one, but both fo the whales breached near their boat, spinning as they did.
“What just happened?!
“They came right up to us, and we thought we may have spooked them or something, but they dove right under our boat,” Sean Russell said, in a video he and his daughter recorded shortly after the moment.
Russell grabbed his camera in the hopes of a picture and got far more than he bargained for when one, and then the other, breached and twirled right in front of them, the swirls seemingly in concert, leaving the two almost at a loss for words.
The look on Sarah’s face says it all. “Feels like they were just doing that for me and dad. … Whales can have fun, too!”
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