No need to zoom in! Extraordinary moment gigantic 40ft humpback whale surfaced within arm’s reach of a stunned holidaymaker

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The moment was captured by Giancarlo Thomae, a marine biologist from Moss Landing in California, while on a day trip whale watching last weekend.

He said: ‘We were kayak whale watching and the whales just came right up to us. For being some of the largest animals on the planet they were very graceful.