Incredible moment humpback whale breaches yards from stunned onlookers in Boston Harbor
- Stunned fisherman’s video shows humpback whale leap out of Boston Harbor
- Second clip sees giant sea mammal jump out of water just feet away from boat
- Joe Fabiano said of the sighting at 5am Monday: ‘It was pretty incredible to me’
- Follows striking collision between whale and fishing boat at Plymouth last month
This is the breathtaking moment a humpback whale is spotted leaping out of the water at Boston Harbor.
Stunned onlookers filmed the gigantic sea mammal at Massachusetts Bay, between Deer Island and Long Island, as it made an incredible splash Monday morning.
Fishermen Joe Fabiano and Paula Brogna saw the huge humpback swimming just feet away from their small boat just after 5am.
Fisherman Fabiano’s video shows the immense whale (left and right) leaping out of the water as the iconic Boston skyline is visible not too far away in the background
Video shows the whale make the jump once, with Boston’s iconic skyline clear in the background, before taking another leap much closer to the fishing boat minutes later.
Small for a humpback, the adopted Bostonite is thought to be one of several adolescent whales seeking fish in Massachusetts Bay over the past few weeks.
But none have been filmed getting quite so close to the city.
Fabiano told Fox News: ‘I’ve lived in Winthrop my whole life and boating and fishing out in that area many times.
A second, much closer jump was filmed by the stunned onlookers. The apparently juvenile humpback made its way above the water’s surface just a few feet from the pair’s boat
‘Not once have I [seen] a whale, so it was pretty amazing to me.’
Brogna told NBC10: ‘I was like, “Oh my God.”‘
Monday’s sighting follows the striking moment a humpback whale was seen smashing into a fishing boat at Plymouth Harbor, smashing its skylight while terrified passengers were onboard.
Eyewitness Ryder Pankhurst said of the incident late last month: ‘It was insane. The guy was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, that’s all.
‘Pops up, bang! Right on the bow of the guy’s boat.’
Thankfully none of the passengers inside the vessel were hurt.
‘If someone was on the bow of that boat, this really could have been a tragic story,’ Plymouth Harbormaster Chad Hunter told CBS News Boston.
Marine biologists believe that whales and dolphins jump out of water, making splashes that can be heard by fellow mammals miles away, as a form of communication.
But the National Marine Fisheries Service advises mariners stay at least 100ft from whales for their own safety.