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Young Boy Nails Perfect Photo Pose Just As Humpback Whale Breaches Water Behind Him

Smart phones allow people to have a camera on them at all times, which means the odds of capturing the perfect moment are a lot better than they used to be. A young boy was returning from a fishing trip off the coast of Vancouver Island when that perfect moment happened. Dawson Gage, 11, was in prime position when a humpback whale breached right behind him. 

Turning at just the right moment and smiling like a pro, Dawson now has this great shot:

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Nootka Wilderness Lodge's fishing guide, Davis Rennie, was the cameraman who caught it all.

The video has been viewed tens of thousands of times since the lodge posted it to their Facebook page:

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Brian Gage, Dawson's dad, said his son was ecstatic about the photo opportunity. He told CBC News:

He was pretty excited. He thought it was unbelievable and surreal. Davis [Rennie] just had his camera going and we got lucky — really lucky, actually. [Dawson] really nailed it. We shut the engine off and just got to watch him come out of the water about three or four times and make his way toward the open ocean. It was pretty exhilarating. Dawson was pretty pumped.

People loved the photo and video:

BuzzFeed News shared the video on Instagram, and it's been viewed more than 250,000 times:

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H/T: Instagram, CBC