A fisherman had a nerve-wracking experience on the open water after a gigantic sea creature breached next to his boat and sent him flying overboard.
Cris Lane, a sea angler, was off the coast of Courtmacsherry, in County Cork, Republic of Ireland, enjoying an afternoon of fishing when a minke whale barged into the side of his boat.
A dramatic video taken on August 3 shows the moment he was thrown clear into the water by the huge animal, which can reach 5.5 metres in length, Cork Beo reports.
In the clip, Cris and his mate Dave McCann observe the churning water while sea birds circle above them.
A few seconds in, what looks like a fin pokes through the water.
Moments later, there is a loud thud and a flash of grey skin and a pointy dorsal fin, and the camera is knocked to the floor.
"Cris!" shouts Dave as he gets back to his feet and looks for his friend in the water.
Luckily for Chris, he was wearing a life-jacket and was able to quickly get back on board with no injuries.
His friends say the keen angler, who runs a popular hackney service in Clonakilty, was soon back in the boat with a fishy tale that he should be able to dine out on for years to come.
The man himself said it was a "new twist on whale watching".
Cris told CorkBeo that he had been out fishing with Dave – who took the video – when they saw a lot of activity in the water around them, including dolphins, fin whales, and minke whales.
He said: "Next thing I knew, one of the whales just slammed into the side of the boat.
"The other guy went flying onto the deck and I went flying off the back of the boat into the water."
Cris says the incident reinforced his belief that you should always wear a life-jacket when out on the water.
But he is none the worst for his unexpected dip, save a lost phone and a "bruised ego".
It's likely that the whale in question had no malicious intent.
Minkes, Fin whales and humpbacks are currently feeding off the coast of Cork and it may be that Cris's boat simply got in the way of a hungry whale's lunch.