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False killer whale leaps over snorkeler's head while guide films

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Ben Hooper
A snorkler has an unexpectedly close encounter with a false killer whale in Tonga. Screenshot: Scott Portelli/Facebook
A snorkler has an unexpectedly close encounter with a false killer whale in Tonga. Screenshot: Scott Portelli/Facebook

NEIAFU, Tonga, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- An Australian man leading a snorkeling expedition in Tonga captured the moment a false killer whale jumped into the air over a stunned snorkeler's head.

Scott Portelli, a guide for the Swimming With Gentle Giants whale encounter business, posted a video to Facebook showing the false killer whale swimming underwater Sept. 30 before leaping into the air over a stunned member of the snorkeling group.

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"Today out on the water we had an unexpected encounter with a large pod of false killer whales," Portelli wrote. "This one interactive one came back and literally jumped over one of my guests."

"Never know what you are going to see in Tonga," he wrote.

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