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Synchronized Whale Breach Photo Is Once-in-a-Lifetime Shot (Photo)

By    |   Friday, 20 Jun 2014 05:46 PM

A naturalist snapping pictures scored a perfect and rare shot when two humpback whales leapt from the water in a synchronized breach.

Kate Cummings co-owns Blue Ocean Whale Watch, and she was on an expedition Thursday when she captured the photo in Monterey Bay, California, GrindTV said. While it’s common to see whales breaching the water, it’s rare to see a double breach, much less get it on camera.

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Cummings said she was "still full of adrenalin" hours after getting the shot.

"One of these two whales had swum over to our boat 15 minutes earlier and breached right off the bow, then it swam off and met up with another whale and both swam over to the boat together and dove down," Cummings told GrindTV. "Thirty seconds later they were both flying out of the water! I’m happy to know I can scream and take a photo at the same time!"

Cummings posted the photo on her company’s Facebook page with the note, “Good thing there's no audio attached to this photo because I was screaming my lungs out when it happened! Most definitely the most beautifully synchronized double breach we've ever seen... and only 100 feet from the boat. Any closer and they wouldn't have fit in the frame! Today, a half-mile from the entrance to Moss Landing Harbor.”

 


In a Facebook message to GrindTV, Cummings credited Capt. Jim Davis with making sure she got the photo.

“Funniest part about it is I was looking at my camera to see if I caught the first breach when Jim said to me, ‘Stop looking at your photos, dumb dumb, the whales are going to breach!’ I probably wouldn’t have gotten the photo if Jim hadn’t said that!”

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