surfing whales

An incredible photo snapped Saturday (April 5) at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore is going viral.

A mother humpback whale and her calf were cruising just offshore when a set rolled in.

J.T. Gray of North Shore Surf Photos grabbed his camera and the shot of a lifetime. “I spotted the whales heading towards the lineup,” said Gray. “When the set rolled, a bodyboarder¬†(six-time world champion Guilherme¬†Tamega) caught the first wave, and the whales caught the second.”

From late December to early May, humpback whales call Hawaii home. However, it is rare that the whales come this close to shore.

“I have never seen whales surfing on the north shore and everyone I have spoke to about it says it’s a first as well,” said Gray.


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