Amazing Animals

By Jamie Smith

This stunning image shows a might humpback whale leaping through the water and over a shocked fisherman.

Taken by Marion Owen, 63, a tour guide and wildlife photographer, the photo depicts the whale in the Chiniak Bay area of Alaska.

Marion said she was stunned by what she witnessed and ranked the image as her favourite from her 45 years as a photographer

She said: “I was elated when I saw that the whale was breaching directly behind the boat.

“And I was ready with my camera, like I’d trained for moments like this.

“It was the perfect angle for photos. I guess the stars were in alignment for the event.

“I thought, “Breathe, Marion. Relax.” At the same time, I was concerned for the man’s safety since the wake and resulting splash can be significant, if you know what I mean.”