Holly Lake was on a tour boat off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, when she turned her head for just a second to look at the camera. It was in that exact moment Sunday that she missed the most thrilling scene of the whole whale-watching endeavor.
Two humpback whales made a double breach and re-entered the water as Lake turned her head back toward the water to see what everyone was fussing over.
“The joke was that she has for years tried to see a humpback whale. She’d go out and see nothing, she had no luck at all. So we’re out there and had a really good trip, saw a lot of whales, and just as we’re leaving to go to Gull Island, boom! They came up right behind her,” Sue Bailey, Lake’s friend who took the video, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Even the tour boat’s captain, Joe O’Brien, said he hasn’t seen such an event in his 30 years in the business.
“It’s not super rare, but it is very rare because we don’t get a chance to capture it [on camera,]” O’Brien said. “A breach is so quick, and usually it’s when you’re not ready that you see a breach.”
While Bailey is glad she was able to catch the double breach on camera, it was just as worth it to see her friend’s response at missing it.
“The reaction has been incredible, but every time I watch it, I just laugh,” Bailey told CBC.
Watch CBC’s report, which includes Bailey’s footage: