A yacht trip can be a pleasant experience, but it can also bring an unexpected surprise. It was what happened to a group of people who recorded on video a huge whale that jumped out of the water and caused screams of terror.
A group was enjoying a celestial day, clear of clouds, aboard a pleasure boat off the coast of New York, in the United States.
But while they were calm and filming with their camera, they took the scare of their lives with the appearance of the huge cetacean: a humpback whale.
The huge humpback whale jumps out of the water and terrorizes people on a yacht. Capture Instagram video
Video of the jump and scare of the whale in the U.S.
The sailors were off the coast of Long Beach when suddenly, they noticed a strange movement in the water next to their yacht, which resulted in just second in a totally unexpected situation.
The video was shared by Nicole Liotta on her Instagram account, has a text that suggests: "Turn up the volume for full effect."
It is that in fact, in the images that broadcasts 20 Minutes there is a scream of terror of one of the people who was on board to see so closely the humpback whale, which barely hits against the board of the boat and generates a great shake.
The whale hits the embarkation and generates a jolt. Capture Instagram video
A day they will never forget, first because of fear, of course, and second because they have seen so closely, perhaps like few in the world, a species of this type.
The end of the horror sequence on the shores of the United States. Capture Instagram video
What a humpback whale looks like
The Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a robust cetacean of 15 meters in length average for males and 19 for females, with an average weight of 45 tons.
It takes its name from the "hump" that forms when submerged, ahead of its small low and fleshy dorsal fin that can be triangular or falcate, located in the rear third of its back.
It is corpulent, the body rapidly decreases in thickness in the direction of the tail.
The shocking can weigh 19 kilos and live 50 years.
The head is broad and rounded with the dorsal surface flattened. On the back of the head and lower jaw there are prominent tubercles (cototos) distributed more or less randomly.
The pectoral fins are very long (5 to 7 meters) can measure up to a third of the length of the body, are wavy at the anterior edge and predominantly white below and mottled black and white above.
It reaches sexual maturity in less than 10 years and mating takes place shortly after the birth of calves in winter in tropical seas.
A humpback whale in full jump. Photo Archive / Garland
They live about 50 years and according to sites specialized in cetaceans the current population in the waters is 20,000 specimens.
The healthiest populations are considered those of the northwest Atlantic Ocean: Canada, the United States and Mexico, among others.