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‘Couldn’t believe our eyes’ Family capture video of whale metres off Singleton coast

A Rockingham family have been treated to the spectacular sight of a large whale playing in waters metres from the shoreline on Sunday.

Hayley Hingert was walking her dog along Singleton Beach with her husband Luke and daughter Daisy when she noticed something in the water out of the corner of her eye about 4:45pm.

Mrs Hingert said she told her family that she might have seen a dolphin and that her daughter wanted to stop and watch as they have frequently seen the aquatic mammals on their recent walks.

“We waited, and then a whale breached. We couldn’t believe our eyes, it was about 100 metres out,” Mrs Hingert told Skeer News.

“Completely in amazement, we looked on in disbelief.

“We could see a blast of spray from its blowhole.

“It breach[ed] about 15 times.”

Husband Luke Hingert said he was just amazed at the sight.

“We were literally in the right place at the right time,” he said.

Mrs Higert said her daughter ran home to get a phone so they could video the spectacular event.

“My daughter was so excited as it was so close to shore,” she said.

“The whale seemed to stop for a while and started tale slapping.

“It started making its way south, and the light started to fail, so we decided to head home.”

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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