By Erika Owen
October 13, 2016

Even from the relative safety of a boat, whales are incredible, overwhelming creatures to observe. That awe (and maybe a little terror) is magnified when one is swimming nearby.

Beau Pilgrim, a photographer based in Australia, recently got the footage of his career. He witnessed a humpback whale swim toward him (and his camera), breach out of the water, spin 180 degrees, and flop back into the ocean. Check it out, above.