This jaw-dropping image show the moment a humpback whale leapt majestically from the ocean, 'waving' to a tourist boat before crashing back down with an almighty splash.
This photo, taken off the coast of South Africa by marine tour guide Steven Benjamin, captured a sight rarely seen at such close proximity.
The 40 ton humpback put on an incredible aerial display, soaring through the air just yards from a boat as shocked onlookers screamed.
Humpback whales migrate every year to warmer waters and put on spectacular displays or breaching or lunging along the way. The most common method is where the whale travels parallel to the surface of the water and suddenly jerks upwards at a speed of 30kms/18mph, and with as few as 3 tail strokes can clear its entire 40 tonne body out of the water. That's some serious power right there.
Image Steven Benjamin