Whale hello there! Incredible moment a 40 ton humpback whale breaches right in front of a stunned photographer

A photographer was left stunned when this 40-ton humpback whale breached right in front of his tiny boat.

Craig Parry, 39, was delighted when the enormous whale leapt from the water to say hello during a boat trip in Byron Bay, Australia.

PIC FROM Craig Parry / Caters News

The professional nature photographer, from Byron Bay, said: “It was late afternoon and the sun was just about to set.

“This was one of the first sightings of a humpback this season, so for me a special encounter.

PIC FROM Craig Parry / Caters News

“The breach occurred only 20 metres [66ft] from my boat and the noise was incredible.

“It made my boat look tiny as these animals weigh 40 tonnes and are over 40ft long.

PIC FROM Craig Parry / Caters News

“It was a beautiful moment to be so close to one of these majestic creatures.”