JUNEAU, Alaska, July 16 A dramatic video of a
sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in
to land in Alaska has become a hit online, and the man who shot
it says it was blind luck.
Thomas Hamm, a San Diego businessman, was in the remote
village of Angoon, about 60 miles (35 km) southwest of Juneau,
last week when he recorded the footage with his cellphone.
In the video, the aircraft descends on a shallow run and is
about to land in a seemingly calm bay but then pulls up abruptly
as the surfacing whale blows a geyser of spray up over the
plane's windshield. (Video: youtu.be/lu2WEWRkoXk)
"The guy I was with on the dock looked at me and said, 'Tell
me you got that?'," Hamm said.
"I played it back and there was the plane and the whale ...
These guys who fly in Alaska, let me tell you, they are good."
The clip, posted by Hamm on Youtube under the title "Whale
v. Pontoon Plane," has received more than 170,000 views in less
than a week.
(Reporting by Steve Quinn; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Paul