An amateur photographer captured the above image along the roadside on the California coast. Bill Boutin saw a flock of birds in the water as he drove near Port San Luis and as he got out of his car to snap a shot of the birds in the ocean with his Canon 7D, a 40 foot Humpback whale came roaring out of the water.
The image also has another strange mammal in it. Right behind the whale, there is a woman in a black party dress standing on a paddle board taking a photograph of the Humpback as it comes out of the water. The woman seems completely calm and seems more interested in capturing the photo rather than for her own safety.
And what’s up with the black party dress in the middle of the day, on a 7 foot paddle boat in the ocean? Maybe she has an Audrey Hepburn obsession.
Humpback whales get their name from the curve that appears on their backs when they dive. While they pose no threats to humans, they weigh an average of 79,000 pounds and the federal authorities advise people stay at least 100 yards away from them at all times. The woman in the party dress obviously is breaking the 100 yard rule.
The Humpbacks migrate up to 16,000 miles a year and feed in polar waters before breeding in tropical or subtropical areas. Bouton, who has been photographing the outdoors for decades, called the whale experience a “real highlight” of his career.
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