A young humpback whale that swam up one of Canada's major rivers, delighting Montrealers who packed the shores for a glimpse of the first of the species in local waters, is believed to be dead.
"The whale just blew about 1,000 feet off my bow!" Bjoern Kils, 41, gasped as he snapped photographs of the creature he estimated to be about 40 feet (12 metres) long.
For visitors, close encounters with one of the largest animals on the planet are a welcome respite from a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in Mexico -- the world's third highest toll.
In a rather unusual encounter, a commercial lobster diver got caught in the mouth of a humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod and lived to tell the story.
It is believed to be the first time in history that an Arab-Egyptian team has documented a new species of whales.
Kaikōura Mayor Craig Mackle told the media that the water was dead calm at the time of the accident and the assumption was that a whale had surfaced from beneath the boat.
Surfers absolutely had no idea of the mammal lurking around them.
This is one of the first sighting of the toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family off Abu Dhabi.
Australian officials on Thursday began planning the grim task of disposing of almost 400 whale carcasses as hopes faded there would be many more survivors of one of the world's biggest mass strandings of the mammals.