LONG ISLAND, DIGBY COUNTY, NS - A whale-watching trip in Tiverton, Long Island, on Aug. 16 landed a local whale-watching group a viral video that’s been viewed over 450,000 times on Facebook.
Oceans Explorations Zodiac Whale Cruises was on a whale-watching trip on Aug. 16 when captain Tom Goodwin noticed three humpback whales surface behind the boat and slowly approach.
One whale interacted with the boat - diving under and then swimming beside the zodiac before joining the other two whales again.
Goodwin, who has worked with Oceans Explorations Zodiac Whale Cruises for 33 years, knew there was going to be some action.
"I could tell by the way they acted, with the "take off head thrust," he said.
The three whales following the boat did a ‘triple breach,’ which is very rare to see and extremely rare to catch on video, said Goodwin.
A whale breach is when a whale jumps high out of the water and a triple breach is when three whales jump from the water at the same time.
Goodwin thinks the whales were inspired by another whale that was swimming nearby that breached solo a few minutes beforehand.
In the video, the three whales are resting next to each other in a line. A few seconds pass and each whale starts to dive deep into the water.
At that point Goodwin can be heard yelling to the passengers on the boat.
“Get ready for it, get ready, it’s going to be a triple breach,” he says in the video.
Most of the passengers on board were able to get their cell phones out and record a video because of his warning.
Goodwin saw a double breach in July and believes he saw a triple breach last year. He says this is not the first time he was able to give the customers a warning to take their cameras out and get ready.
Many of the customers on the boat that day were convinced Goodwin had to have planned the breach somehow because of how accurate his prediction was.
“Everyone kept asking how did you know it was going to happen? I’ve been doing this for over 35 years, including five summers in Newfoundland,” he said.