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The amazing moment a giant whale swam underneath a tourist vessel in the Peninsula Valdes, Argentina was captured on camera.

A group of whale watchers were stunned as the 50-tonne southern right whale and its calves swam close to their boat.

***EXCLUSIVE***  PENINSULA VALDES, ARGENTINA - UNDATED: A close up of a southern right whale in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina.  A GROUP of whale watchers found themselves becoming the watched - when a huge whale emerged beneath their boat. These stunning images show a 50-tonne southern right whale and its calf inspecting a tour vessel. The images were captured in the warm waters off Peninsula Valdes, Argentina, where the massive mammals flock each year to raise their offspring.  PHOTOGRAPH BY Justin Hofman / Barcroft Media  UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com  USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com  Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com



Wildlife photographer Justin Hofman, who took these pictures of the huge sea creatures, said: "Being in the water with a whale is the most humbling experience I've ever had underwater.

"Not only are these animals massive, but they are long-lived, intelligent, cultural beings."

***EXCLUSIVE***  PENINSULA VALDES, ARGENTINA - UNDATED: A diver comes face to face with a southern right whale mother in shallow waters in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina  A GROUP of whale watchers found themselves becoming the watched - when a huge whale emerged beneath their boat. These stunning images show a 50-tonne southern right whale and its calf inspecting a tour vessel. The images were captured in the warm waters off Peninsula Valdes, Argentina, where the massive mammals flock each year to raise their offspring.  PHOTOGRAPH BY Justin Hofman / Barcroft Media  UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com  USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com  Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com



He added: "It actually became quite funny because we would be totally enthralled by the animal, taking pictures of the head and eye as they were swimming by - but then the instant we got past the pectoral flippers it became a mad scramble to swim away from the whale to avoid their tail.

"At one point, one of the calves was rolling around on top of its mother, upside down, and its tail was raised out of the water."

***EXCLUSIVE***  PENINSULA VALDES, ARGENTINA - UNDATED: A southern right whale mother stares into the camera while her calf rests on the surface in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina.  A GROUP of whale watchers found themselves becoming the watched - when a huge whale emerged beneath their boat. These stunning images show a 50-tonne southern right whale and its calf inspecting a tour vessel. The images were captured in the warm waters off Peninsula Valdes, Argentina, where the massive mammals flock each year to raise their offspring.  PHOTOGRAPH BY Justin Hofman / Barcroft Media  UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com  USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com  Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com



According to the Daily Mail, southern right whales are easy targets for hunters because of their thick blubber making them float to the surface after they are killed.



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