Whale of a time! Humpbacks under auroras, next to your paddleboard, on your kayak (VIDEOS)

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Breathtaking footage from Norway shows humpback whales gracefully hunting underneath the Northern Lights. But this isn't the first time that whales have made headlines in recent days. In fact, the marine animals have been gaining a lot of attention lately.

The video, filmed off the coast of Kvaløya (Whale Island) near the city of Tromsø, was captured by photographer Harald Albrigsten while he was testing equipment – including a special camera capable of capturing footage in the dark without losing image definition.

This pair of friendly whales seemed more than happy to have a human visitor in the open seas earlier this month. The two followed a paddleboarder in Western Australia, proving the animals are quite sociable and curious.

This whale was also part of a marine duo, but his companion was actually a seal who enjoyed catching a ride on his much larger friend.

But not all whale headlines were as serene and fun-loving. This big guy was downright scary, leaping out of the water and landing on a couple's kayak. The impact completely submerged the two, but they were left uninjured...and lived to tell a truly amazing tale.