This is the definition of a groundbreaking moment!
While conducting an interview with whale expert Dorris Welch on BBC One, the man with the mic, Steve Backshall, has no choice but to stop her mid-sentence to cut to BBC Big Blue Live… because a BLUE WHALE just surfaced!
This is such an incredible experience because these marvelous mammals were hunted for almost a century by whalers, depleting up to 99% of the population. In fact, a 2002 report estimated that there were only 5,000 to 12,000 blue whales world wide. [Thankfully because of protection groups that number has gone up since then.]
The beautiful creatures rule the oceans at up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and upwards of 200 tons (181 metric tons). Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant!
Not only is this a magnificent and completely unexpected sight in Monterey Bay, California, but Steve’s clear passion adds even more excitement to the moment!
Watch the video below and prepare to be amazed!
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