Stunning footage captures the moment whale watchers stare in awe at a pair of friendly humpback whales playing just centimetres away from their boat
- Tammie Jaeger and her husband Dave were running tour charter in Gold Coast
- A group of humpback whales swam up to their boat just metres away from tour
- A pair of whales were filmed playing with each other and swimming under boat
Awe-inspiring footage has captured the moment whale watchers got up close and personal with a group of humpback whales.
Tammie Jaeger and her husband Dave were running a whale watching charter on the Gold Coast when they spotted three humpbacks far away in the distance.
After turning off the motor the whales swam right up to the side of the boat while the group watched in amazement.
Tammie Jaeger and her husband Dave were running a whale watching charter on the Gold Coast when a group of humpback whales swam up to the boat
A pair of the humpbacks were even filmed playing together while swimming underneath the boat – just inches away from the tour group.
‘It’s beautiful when they expose their belly, it means they are comfortable to be near us,’ Ms Jaeger told Caters.
Humpback whales can grow up to 16 metres long and are found along the coasts of oceans across the world.
Due to their size, they have few predators but killer whales are known to prey on humpback calves.
The mothers will desperately try to fight off the orcas.
After turning off the boat’s motor the whales swam right up to the side of the boat while the group watched in awe.
In August last year, a group of snorkelers had a dangerous encounter with a humpback who was swimming with her calf in Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.
The 15-metre whale swam toward the group of swimmers and struck a 29-year-old woman, leaving her with broken ribs and internal bleeding.
A male swimmer was flung out of the water by a fin, while another female suffered a torn hamstring in what was described as a freak accident.