Stunning Photos Capture Whales Frolicking with Tourists Of California Coast
Credit: Bill Bouton
An amateur shutterbug happened upon a stunning scene as a pod of humpback whales emerged from the water as a curious crowd of watchers gathered around.
Retiree Bill Bouton was driving in San Luis Obispo, California on Saturday when he glanced over at the coast to see a group of the massive mammals feeding in the shallow waters, which has been occurring occasionally in the area over the past few days.
The 69-year-old managed to pull his car over and set up his camera tripod near the water’s edge to capture snapshots of the event.
Boaters and kayakers in the waters had cameras of their own poised to take pictures, fearlessly advancing toward the hungry animals, typically from 39–52 ft in length with an average weight of around 79,000 lb.
Bouton explained on NBC’s Today Show on Monday how he had spent most of the morning that day trying to photograph birds nearby but had been unsuccessful finding any compelling subjects.
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