Humpback Whale Breaches Surface By Docks

Caters_NewsPublished: February 21, 2017Updated: February 22, 201749,999 views
Published: February 21, 2017Updated: February 22, 2017

This is the incredible moment a humpback whale feeds just feet away from docked boats showing off his giant mouth. Fisherman Cy Williams watched as the behemoth majestically beached the surface of the water at Knudson Cove Marina, Alaska, USA.

As Cy tried to follow the whale’s path under the stationary vessels – including his own – on Monday May 2, he spotted bubbles heading toward the surface. Suddenly the gaping jaws of the mammoth mammal shot into the air, taking a massive gulp on the way back.

“It was breathtaking," Williams said. "I genuinely thought it was going to hit the boat or the dock as it was so big."

Leigh Torres, a marine ecologist and National Geographic explorer who is also a professor at Oregon State University, said that seeing the animal so close to the docks is surprising. The humpback whale populations are expanding, so they are probably looking for new location to find their prey, or avoid competition. Despite the close quarters, this individual seems to be using the “bubblenet” technique, where they blow a ring of bubbles around a school of prey, hemming them in.

When you see something so majestic so close, you might be tempted to get closer, but Torres says that people should make sure to avoid the beasts and let them feed instead and just enjoy the sight.

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