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out of the water always makes me think of no longer in the water but in the air.

My question is, is the following correct?

On my way home, I saw a humpback whale. It came out of the water and was about 50 meters away from me.
Thanks.
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Although I would know what you meant, it is not quite how it would be said. I would phrase it:
"On my way home, I saw a humpback whale. It leapt out of the water about 50 meters away."
Thanks, Feebs. I thought it meant the whale came up to the water surface which contradicts with my interpretation of "out of the water". I didn't know whale could jump.

Is there an idiomatic expression for "came up to the water surface"?
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Is there an idiomatic expression for "came up to the water surface"?

The whale/submarine surfaced.
Thanks Feebs and Optilang.
Yes, when they come out, they "breach":

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Wow. The picture is beautiful. They must have a strong tail. Thanks GG.
It doesn't look like the real fish. It seems somebody drew his/her imagined one.
Hi,
A whale is not a fish.
Clive
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