THIS is the terrifying moment a diver almost collided with a baby whale as she tried to swim with the massive creature.

Yanna avoided hitting the baby whale with her flippers as she swam away

Mitch Brown, 27, and his girlfriend Yanna Xian, 24, received the shock of their lives when they were approached by the baby humpback during a whale boat tour in Tahiti last year.

Mitch, from Hawaii, USA, said: “Whales had been almost that close to us before, but they always had a clear sense of direction which was almost always away from us.

Photographer Mitch said he and Yanna were swimming on the top of the water when they spotted a “mama whale” with its baby resting at the bottom of the ocean.

“As we calmly watch them from above the water, this curious baby whale decides to come up to check us out,” he said.

The baby creature was caught on camera swimming up to the ocean’s surface and rolling about in play, before deciding to dive back down just inches from Apple Store worker Yanna.

“It was a beautiful display of respect from both of them,” Mitch said.

“The whale clearly didn’t want to run into Yanna and Yanna tried to swim back with her hands instead of feet to avoid kicking the whale.

“I was more worried the whale would in unintentionally hit Yanna, and it happened so quickly that by the time I could react the whale was changing course.

“After that we all swam to each other and showed each other videos and photos and were laughing and high-fiving.

“We were all so stoked we got to witness that. There was definitely a moment of connection between the two of them.”

Yanna had been cleaning her goggles out when the curious creature approached, and when she put her head back underneath she saw it was right in front of her.

She did not touch the whale, but the experience left a huge impression.

Mitch said: “She could not believe that she just interacted with the baby whale up close.

“It was definitely a bucket list item that she didn’t even know she had.”


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