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Video captures jaw-dropping moment whale jumps out of water in Newfoundland

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WATCH: Humpback whales breaching the water surprise family off Newfoundland coast – Aug 24, 2020

As Sean Russell and his daughter Sarah prepared to go cod fishing early Sunday off Conception Bay in Newfoundland, Sarah told her dad that all she wanted to do is see some whales.

“It’s not uncommon to have whales around the boat,” Russell told Global News on Monday. “The whales are usually around and eating there, too.”

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That’s why 10-year-old Sarah always carries binoculars with her on these fishing trips to look underwater and catch a glimpse of the whales, Russell said.

But what happened next was completely unexpected.

“I noticed the whales turned and came towards us,” Russell said. “There was no jumping at all for like an hour,”

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Then, all of a sudden, a whale jumped out of the water, rolled over and “flapped his arms together … like clapping,” he said.

Sarah said that she couldn’t believe what just happened.

“It was mind-blowing,” Sarah said in a phone interview. “I didn’t know they could do that.”

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Father, daughter talk about ‘mind-blowing’ experience seeing humpback whales breach water in Newfoundland – Aug 24, 2020

Russell said the footage makes it seem like it was happening far away from the camera, but it was pretty close.

“It happened so fast,” he said, but it left an impression on his daughter who wants to be a veterinarian and work with whales one day.

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“Feels like they were just doing that for me and dad. … Whales can have fun, too!”

 

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