By Hayley Pugh
Tourists were left stunned when a huge humpback whale performed a backflip just inches from their tiny boat.
The group were trying to photograph a mother and her calf, when a gigantic male approached them.
It disappeared out of sight for a few seconds before suddenly launching out of the water and performing an impressive back flip – much to the amazement of the people on board.
The whale even raised a fin before leaving as if to say bye to the stunned tourists.
Jodi Frediani captured the spectacular sequence of shots during the trip in Monterey Bay, California.
She said: “We were watching a humpback mother and calf with a male escort.
“The male suddenly came up very close to our small tender. At first it looked like he was doing a spy hop, which just means popping his head out of the water so he could get a better look at our boat with both eyes, but it became a half-breach.
“However, as he fell over backwards it morphed into a back flip with his flukes flying out of the water.
“We were all stunned silly. I have never seen a whale do that move, never mind right in front of me. And our guide who’s studied and photographed humpback whales for more than 25 years said he’d never seen a whale do a back flip like that either.
“You just never know what may be in store.”