Birdwatcher captures rare footage of humpback whale off the coast of Norfolk

A wildlife enthusiast captured what is believed to be the first spring sighting of a humpback whale off the coast of Norfolk.

Kayn Forbes was hoping to spot a rare bird in Kelling, Norfolk, when he caught something out of the corner of his eye.

Wildlife experts confirmed the creature was almost certainly an extremely rare sighting of a humpback whale, most likely on its way back north to the Arctic Circle.

Kayn Forbes  captured what is believed to be the first spring sighting of a humpback whale off the coast of Norfolk

Kayn Forbes
captured what is believed to be the first spring sighting of a humpback whale off the coast of Norfolk

Humpback whale sightings have been recorded twice in the county, once in autumn 2013 and again last November.

But Norfolk cetaceans recorder Carl Chapman told Kayn it was likely to be the first recorded spring passing of a humpback.

Kayn Forbes, 23, was near the coast at Kelling at about 11am on Sunday 12th April when he shot the video.

Wildlife experts confirmed the creature was almost certainly an extremely rare sighting of a humpback whale

Wildlife experts confirmed the creature was almost certainly an extremely rare sighting of a humpback whale

The UEA Phd student said: “It was really quite big. It was so far away but it still stuck out like a sore thumb.

“It was quite a distance away and I didn’t know what it was but knew I should take a picture of it.

“I watched it for about 15 minutes or so but had no idea how rare it was.”