Going whale watching can be a gamble of sorts. You’re never guaranteed a sighting, and sometimes all you get is a little peek of a dorsal fin, a little flick of a tail, or perhaps a small puff from a blowhole.
Or, you’re this guy and get three stunning humpback whales all breaching at once.
On August 17, Edmond Giroux boarded a whale watching expedition with Ocean Explorations Zodiac Whale Cruises, which typically takes passengers off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Though judging by the video, this was not your typical pleasure boat ride.
As the company’s site describes, each tour is overseen by tour director Tom Goodwin, a biologist who is currently working toward his graduate studies in environmental education. The company has become a large part of his studies and often participates in research projects, and invites guests to participate as well.
With that in mind, the company warns its tours are not for the “faint of heart,” as each excursion takes place in a large rigid-hull inflatable zodiac — similar to ones used by marine biologists — to bring people closer than ever to the whales.