Nothing screams good TV like an on-air, impromptu freak-out. 

That's exactly what happened while BBC's Steve Backshall was conducting an interview with whale expert Dorris Welch on a boat in California's Monterey Bay when he got word that a blue whale had been spotted nearby (for those who are unfamiliar with the species, the blue whale is the "largest animal ever known to have lived on our planet" and was almost hunted to extinction). 

"Oh I'm so so sorry! I don't believe what I've just heard," Backshall enthusiastically exclaims, practically losing his mind. "This is incredible I've heard word that we have on our helicopter a BLUE WHALE."

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He goes on to explain that the blue whale is "larger than the dinosaurs" and is a "creature we hunted so 99% of it's numbers had disappeared." 

"It's back, it's here, it's in the bay now live!" he fervently added in the video, which is a teaser for the BBC and PBS collaboration Big Blue Live. "This is one of the most extraordinary things I've ever seen." 

Elsewhere in California, Fox 5 San Diego weather anchor Brad Wells totally lost it live on-air when a large bug flew in his face during a report at the beach. 

"Was that live? Are we live? Oh brother..." he says after his mini freak-out. 

Oh, the dangers of live TV! 

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