By John McCarthy | Media editor

August 19, 2015 | 1 min read

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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