Moment young humpback spins through the air next to a boat-load of awe-struck tourists 

He’s whaley close to us! Moment show-off young humpback leaps from the waves and spins through the air next to a boat-load of awe-struck tourists

  • British expat captures the moment a whale jumps yards from boat full of tourists
  • John Goodridge, 54, originally from Yorkshire, was on cruise off coast of Sydney 
  • He said it looked as if the marine mammal was going to torpedo into the boat

A giant humpback whale shot through the water and jumped just yards from a boat full of tourists.  

The unbelievable sight was captured by photographer John Goodridge, 54, while on a whale watching cruise operating outside of Sydney Heads, New South Wales, Australia, last week.

British expat Mr Goodridge, who moved from Yorkshire to Australia 24 years ago, said it looked like the tourists had a ‘lucky escape’ as the young whale torpedoed out of the water in the direction of a whale watching boat.

British expat Mr Goodridge, who moved from Yorkshire to Australia 24 years ago, said it looked like the tourists had a ‘lucky escape’. Pods of humpback whales make the 6,000 mile journey from Antarctica to Australia in order to mate

He said: ‘It was incredible to see, and the people on the boat certainly did not see that coming.

‘it was quite an amazing sight to witness when the whale jumps right out of the crest of the wave towards the boat.

‘The whale looked like it was going to torpedo right into the boat. It was a great capture.

The unbelievable sight was captured by photographer John Goodridge, 54, while on a whale watching cruise operating outside of Sydney Heads, New South Wales, Australia

The unbelievable sight was captured by photographer John Goodridge, 54, while on a whale watching cruise operating outside of Sydney Heads, New South Wales, Australia

‘This was captured during a hectic half hour of whale breaching. We were very lucky.

‘There is a southern humpback migration taking place right now off the coast of Sydney, and over 35,000 animals will make their epic migration back to Antarctica.’ 

Australia’s eastern coastline comes alive each year between April and November.

Pods of humpback whales make the 6,000 mile journey from Antarctica to Australia in order to mate and give birth.

The whales then travel back past Sydney with their calves in October and November, with the annual spectacle over by early December.

The giant humpback whale shot through the water and jumped just yards from a boat full of tourists, seen on the right as the whale is pictured jumping just yards away. Australia's eastern coastline comes alive each year between April and November

The giant humpback whale shot through the water and jumped just yards from a boat full of tourists, seen on the right as the whale is pictured jumping just yards away. Australia’s eastern coastline comes alive each year between April and November