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A boat load of whale watchers missed a humpback's spectacular show because they were looking in another direction as the huge animal launched itself out of the water.

“Everyone on that boat is looking the wrong way, hehe,” read a Facebook post by Australian tour operator Whale Watch Sydney.

Not everybody was caught off guard, however. An alert photographer on a nearby vessel managed to capture the moment on camera Tuesday.

Whales migrate north up to Australia’s eastern coast between April and August.