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BBC presenter bemoaning lack of whales is interrupted by a whale with impeccable comic timing

BBC Earth has shared behind the scenes footage of presenter Mark Carwardine being caught off-guard on his hunt for the elusive Blue Whale in a comedic coincidence.

The video shows Carwardine bemoaning a distinct lack of blue whales at "one of the world's great hotspots” for them.

During his rant in which he stated that sea conditions made the hunt “challenging”, he said: “It's quite exciting in one way, very frustrating in another. You know they're here but you just jolly well can't find them."

The zoologist was then abruptly cut off by a bellowing from a blue whale’s blowhole.

Carwardine admitted: “Oh look, there is one... actually that was a lot easier than I was expecting, there's a whale right there."

The old dogma, don’t work with kids and animals on live TV comes to mind.

An odder animal interruption was a video of an ITV News broadcast being photobombed by a man carrying a dead squirrel earlier this year coinciding with #NationalSquirrelAppreciationDay.

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John McCarthy

John is an entertainment marketing reporter at The Drum. He writes about the amazing marketing stories coming from the movie, TV, music and video game industries. He's also the hunt for the weirder trends in marketing and advertising.

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