Whale hello there: Humpback whale spectacularly jumps out of the ocean and offers its flipper to say hello

This friendly humpback whale spectacularly said hello – by jumping clean out of the sea.

The mammoth mammal launches its whole body out of the body and almost hits a low flying bird.

The humpback whale waves to the camera

The humpback whale waves to the camera

It then raises its huge right flipper – almost waving hello – before plunging back into the Pacific Ocean.

The amazing images were shot by German photographer Mario Nonaka while on a boat trip around Monterey Bay, California.

Jumping clean out the sea, the whale stretches its flipper into the sky

Jumping clean out the sea, the whale stretches its flipper into the sky

The 36-year-old snapper said: “It was absolutely amazing to personally watch something so spectacular.

“When it flicked up its right flipper it appeared to be waving at everyone on the boat.

“It seemed almost effortless for such a big animal to get so high out of the water.

German photographer Mario Nonaka, who captured the moment on camera, said: "It was absolutely amazing to personally watch something so spectacular."

German photographer Mario Nonaka, who captured the moment on camera, said: “It was absolutely amazing to personally watch something so spectacular.”

“I’ve been on about 10 trips around Monterey Bay and never seen anything like this.

“In the late summer months you are almost guaranteed of seeing breaching whales but this was something else.”

After raising its huge flipper, the whale descends back into the ocean

After raising its huge flipper, the whale descends back into the ocean