Humpback whale blows rainbows as it emerges from the ocean

Published: July 17, 2015 · Updated: August 18, 2017

As if there wasn’t enough to admire about humpback whales, we’ve got one more thing to add to the list.

With such huge lungs, a lot of vapour and air is sprayed out of a whale’s blowhole when they come up for a breather, creating perfect conditions for a rainbow.

And that’s exactly what happened off the coast of Newport Beach, California. Photographer Mark Girardeau captured this colourful display with an aerial camera he was using while aboard a boat earlier this July.

Just as you might see after a sun shower, or even when using a sprinkler in your backyard, when the sun hits the tiny particles of water in the air, it refracts the white light into component colours and creates a rainbow.

Just another one of nature’s miracles!