Passengers aboard a Newport Coastal Adventure boat off the coast of California this week were treated to nearly an hour straight of two fin whales lunge-feeding on surface krill
Capt. Ryan Lawler shot video of the feeding off the Newport Beach coast while in a fast boat that holds two to six passengers at a time. In the video, the boat appears three times smaller than the whale.
“Today, a good whale watching trip turned into an extraordinary one,” Lawler said in a Facebook post. “We hadn’t seen anything like it before.”
The fin whale, whose body is long and slender, is the second-largest mammalian on Earth after the blue whale.