A Dunsborough man holidaying with his family in Exmouth has captured the moment a breaching whale almost crashed onto a dinghy full of tourists.
Mark Collins, 49, told WAtoday how on the 7th of July, he took his boat out on the reef with his wife, his 12-year-old son and some friends when they saw three whales swimming around a couple of tourist-filled boats.
He said all of a sudden one of the whales breached, shot up in the air and crashed back downjust metres beside one of the dinghies.
Mr Collins said while seeing breaching whales at that time of the year up north was a common occurrence, he had never seen one so close to a boat.
"It was quite a spectacle, but it could have been a disaster," he said.