A woman was above the water in an airplane when she spotted a large whale and immediately snapped a photo of it. She shared the incredible photo on social media and it quickly went viral.
California resident Jasmine Childress was flying over the Santa Barbara Channel in a plane known as a “puddle jumper”. Those planes fly lower than commercial planes, allowing Childress a perfect view of the blue water.
During the flight, she spotted something in the water – a whale!
She knew what she was seeing was special and immediately pulled her phone out to take some pictures. She shared the photos on Twitter, saying, “I SAW A FREAKING WHALE FROM A PLANE AND THE PHOTO IS BAD AND I DONT CARE.”
Since being posted to Twitter, the photo has been shared more than 40,000 times and received over 696,000 likes along with thousands of comments.
Childress, a PhD candidate in the field of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, later shared that she believes the whale she spotted was a gray whale.
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“These reactions are a bit over-whale-ming (I had to), but I have a few notes!
I was flying over the Santa Barbara channel. I was in a puddle jumper much lower than commercial flights (with one other person + distance + masks!). Pretty sure it’s a grey whale.”
Several people replied to her post, agreeing that the marmine animal was likely a gray whale.
One person wrote, “That is definitely a young adult gray whale…”
Another shared, “This is a grey whale, and I’m assuming your were flying somewhere off the CA coast. The greys are migrating north now and tend to hug the coastline closer than when southbound.”
According to the IUCN, gray whales are not an endangered species and have a stable population. However, it’s not typical that one is spotted from an airplane!
Childress’s photos are quite unique and people around the world are amazed that she captured such a neat shot of the majestic creature.Whizzco