A huge 40-tonne adult humpback whale was recently filmed by a diver and underwater cameraman in the Indian Ocean, and according to the person, the whale was literally jumping out of the water.
A report published by website Boredpanda stated that the video was shot by Craig Capehart, a scuba diver, while he was sitting on his boat.
The diver, along with his colleagues, was hunting for sardines off the south-eastern coast of South Africa when he saw the huge creature.
The diver immediately captured the jumping ‘exercise’ of the whale on camera and then posted it on YouTube.
“Dolphins and even Great White Sharks have been seen flying out of the water, but this is a first for an adult humpback whale,” he said.
“This day, there were few sardine sightings but the whales seemed to be everywhere! An unexpected bonus,” he added.
“It seems that never before has a recording been made of an adult humpback whale leaping entirely out of the water! A very rare event, indeed,” he wrote in his video.
Humpback whales are enormous and largest living things on earth. They are generally about 36,000 kg in weight but some can have more than that. It is common to see great white sharks and dolphins flying out of the water, but this was a first time that humpback whale was seen jumping out of the water.
The Blue Whale is the largest known mammal that has ever lived, and the largest living animal that can grow up 110 feet long. According to Defenders Website, whale are usually quite active in the water. They can jump high out of the water and then land back in the water. When they see a danger nearby, they signal it by thrusting their tails out of the water and slapping the water’s surface. They use lyrical sounds to communicate with each other. According to scientists, these sounds sometimes could be extremely loud, and heard for many miles. Many whale species prefer to migrate long distances to breed. They may travel alone or in groups. They are conscious breathers, meaning they decide when to breathe. They come out of water’s surface to breathe air.
The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale. They have distinctive body shape and are characterized by a knobbly head and long pectoral fins. An adult humpack whale can grow 39–52 feet in length and up to 36,000 kg in weight. Whale watchers love to see this whale due to its breaching and other distinctive surface behaviors. Male humpback whales produce a complex song which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes, and it may have a role in luring female whales.
For many decades, humpback whales were a target for the whaling industry. Their numbers fell by an estimated 90% before a 1966 moratorium. Their population is now growing but many humpback whales die each year due to entanglement in fishing gear and collisions with ships.