Witnessing a whale breach is lucky enough, but one person captured a once-a-lifetime moment on film of a large sea mammal performing a little magic with light.
While sailing with off the coast of Newport Beach, California, this footage was captured of a humpback whale blowing rainbows from its blowhole with an aerial camera.
The video, posted to YouTube by MGmedia, says captain Royce Hutain steered the boat while two others captured the shot.
The allusion worthy of a fairy tale is created by the whale’s water spray passing through the sun’s rays which reflect a spectrum of light—but the scientific explanation isn’t as exciting as imagining a magical whale living under the sea.
Take a look at the mesmerizing footage filmed on July 5.