By Tui Benjamin
An expat captured the unbelievable moment a 45-tonne whale jumped out of the water just 800 metres from Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach.
Snapper John Goodridge could not believe his luck when he caught the huge humpback whale breaching directly in front of the famous sands on camera.
And John, 53, who is originally from Yorkshire, said tourists and surfers relaxing on Bondi – which is currently hosting a winter Wonderland festival – were also amazed by the sight.
John said: “Bondi is one of the most iconic sights in Sydney and it is one of the places people always want to see whales jumping in front of so these whale watchers were very lucky and there were the normal whoops and hollers when it jumped. It made the tourists’ day.
“In the photos behind the whale you can see the ferris wheel for the winter festival which is currently on for two weeks and even Bondi Pavillion – it is very recognisable.
“We followed this whale from Coogee beach, it jumped out of the water about 50 times between Coogee and Bondi.
“After it jumped this time at Bondi it went down and went straight back out to sea.
“When it jumped it was less than a kilometre off the shore of Bondi – probably about 800 metres.
“Maybe it just jumped out to check out the winter wonderland!”
John, who was on board a Whale Watching Sydney vessel, captured the remarkable footage and images last Monday (July 3) at about 3pm.
Humpback whales – who measure 15 metres long on average and weigh 45 tonnes – are currently passing past Sydney as they make their annual northern migration from Antarctica to warmer waters near northern Queensland, Fiji and Tonga to give birth.
The migration begins in mid-May and the whales travel back past Sydney with their calves in October and November with the annual spectacle over by early December.
John added: “This jump was pretty remarkable. We saw it from quite a long way away and followed it down the Eastern suburbs.
“People would definitely have been watching it from the beach. I am pretty sure there were some people on the cliffs doing the cliff walk who were watching it from there and would have been able to see it coming up.
“You definitely would have been able to see it from the beach.”