Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Humpback whale gives underwater photographer a head slap

Underwater photographer Chris Coates was diving at his favorite spearfishing spot in waters off the eastern coast of Africa when a humpback whale and its calf started swimming right at him.

Coates called it the craziest thing he's seen out while diving, and captured the "scary" moment on video. Watch as the humpback whale swims right at him as he attempts to tell it to go the other way: 



Perhaps the humpback whale was attempting to give Coates a high-five and failed miserably.

“But I must admit, I got quite a shock when it swam right up at me,” Coates told Mike Skogmo, according to GrindTV Outdoor. “At one stage it was only one foot away, and even though I know that they generally don’t hurt people, it’s so big and strong, it is still scary.”

And fun at the same time. 

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