When BBC presenter Steve Backshall spotted one of the largest creatures ever known to have lived on Earth during a live TV interview, he just had to soak in the "extraordinary" moment.
Backshall was interviewing whale expert Doris Welch on a boat in Monterey, California, when he broke in as Welch was still talking.
"I'm so so sorry," Backshall cut in. "I've just heard word that we have, [from] our helicopter, a blue whale."
"I can see it now," Backshall said, excitedly, as the chopper showed mesmerizing aerial footage of the massive ocean mammal."
"The largest creature ever known to have lived on our planet," the BBC presenter pointed out.
"When I started off filming wildlife just 16 years ago, if someone had said 'go and film a blue whale,' I would have said they were crazy. These animals have made such an extraordinary come back," Backshall said, clearly still in absolute awe of the moment.
"This is one of the most extraordinary things I've ever seen," he added.
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