Clark Little was following and photographing some Galapagos sharks while freediving off Oahu, Hawaii, earlier this month when he suddenly heard the high-pitched singing of a humpback whale.
"This beautiful humpback whale swam underneath me and I thought it was coming up for air when I realized it had too much speed and the unimaginable happened," the award-winning photographer from Haleiwa, Hawaii, wrote on Facebook. "Wow."
Little captured the "wow" moment in this amazing video, which was released by Caters News on Thursday:
The humpback whale can be seen turning on the afterburners underwater as it began its breaching with Little capturing the underwater and out-of-water sequence.
"To be next to an animal so large and powerful is mind-blowing," Little told Caters News. "The power and beauty of these incredible creatures is completely beyond comprehension; the adrenaline is still running through me even now.
"This was undoubtedly one of the most thrilling experiences of my life."
Little gained worldwide fame for his North Shore shore-break wave photography, which has been exhibited in Japan, Canada, Brazil, Spain, and even the Smithsonian Museum. He's also been featured many times on various TV programs.
But his photographing highlight just might be this breaching humpback whale, which launched out of the water like a missile.
"I'm still buzzing over this once-in-a-lifetime experience," he wrote.