A photographer in California’s Monterey Bay has captured slow-motion footage showing an anchovy flying from the mouth of a lunge-feeding humpback whale.
Slater Moore Photography posted the footage to Instagram on Monday along with the description, “The luckiest anchovy in the world.” He put the amusing scene to Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.”
Moore captured a remarkable moment considering that humpback whales typically lunge through massive schools of fish and can capture thousands in one gulp, yet only the one anchovy appears in the footage.
The fish was obviously propelled upward by the force of the lunging whale, while wriggling in a flight for its life.
“Then a bird got him,” one of the commenters joked.
Reads another comment: “I don’t know… I think the seal on the right definitely saw that.”
–Image courtesy of Slater Moore Photography