A few lucky boaters had front-row seats to watch a group of humpback whales circle their boat off the coast of New Caledonia. Even luckier for us, they captured the entire encounter by drone.

Humpback whales have the longest migration of any mammal, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and are often the most watched whales because they breach (jump out of the water) more than most whales. These whales can be found in South Pacific waters near Antarctica and tend to migrate north to south. Although humpbacks only breed once every two to three years, it's possible these boaters caught these majestic mammals on their migration north to warmer waters near the Hawaiian Islands just north of New Caledonia as the colder months approach.

Whether it was serendipitous or planned, all we can say is 'thank you' to the boaters who were at the right place at the right time.