'That Was Close!' Diver Almost Hit by Humpback Whale Tail

Diver Mitchell Capelli had a close encounter with a humpback whale off the coast of Western Australia when he was almost hit by the large animal’s tail.

This footage shows the whale swimming in front of Capelli as its tail whips inches away from the camera. “That was close! It nearly caught me with its tail,” Capelli exclaims when he surfaces.

Capelli told Storyful that he did not chase the whale and that the encounter was “purely natural.” Close encounters such as these are rare, he added. Credit: Mitchell Capelli via Storyful

Video transcript

MITCHELL CAPELLI: Whoa, it tried to hit me. Woo. Hooly Dooly, that was close. Whoa, nearly got me with its title.

Whoa, it tried to hit me. Woo. Hooly Dooly, that was close. Whoa, nearly got me with its tail.

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