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“Magnificent sight”: Video shows humpback whale jumping out of the water in Maine

KITTERY, Maine – A police officer in Maine got very close to a humpback whale on July 4.

Kittery police said Officer Danny Contois was off-duty and on a boat when he captured a “magnificent sight” near shore. His video, shared hundreds of times on Facebook, shows the humpback whale jumping out of the water.

The video also shows a bunch of fish flying out of the water as the jumping whale tries to catch something.

“Holy bimbos. Wow,” Contois can be heard saying in the video.

“Stay away” from humpback whales, says harbor master

WGME reports that the sighting occurred in Pepperrell Cove off the coast of Kittery. Another whale was also observed in the cove on Thursday, although it was not clear if it was the same whale.

The Kittery Harbormaster posted a message for boaters in the area.

“Greet our visiting humpback whale, but please stay away from him,” said the harbormaster. “He feeds on the many fish in the area, but if you scare him he could get hurt and none of us want that.”

The Gulf of Maine is a popular feeding area for humpback whales, according to the New England Aquarium. Last month, a crew freed a young whale from an entanglement off the coast of Massachusetts. The five-month-old calf could have died if rescuers had not been able to free it from the rope that was wrapped around its body.