Humpback Whale Seen Jumping Clear Out Of The Water Off South Africa

StoryfulPublished: July 21, 2017117,545 views
Published: July 21, 2017

Check out these whales as they are obviously having a whale of a time (pun intended).

Scuba diver Craig Capehart and three of his scuba diving fellows were hunting for sardines along the coast of Pondoland, South Africa, on July 8 when they saw a large humpback whale breaching several times before it jumped completely out of the water. The whale, estimated at around 40 tons, can be seen seen breaching clear out of the waters south of Mbotyi in Southeastern Africa.

Craig shared this video on his YouTube and it has been climbing the viral ladder ever since. The footage contains dozens of instances when a school of whales was breaching the ocean. There are even some cheerful moments, like a mother and her calf swimming by Craig’s inflatable motorboat, or one adult whale swimming on his back and slapping his fins of the surface.

The breaching out of the water completely is common among dolphins and even great white sharks, but this was the first time that Craig has seen a humpback whale do it; he described what he saw as “a very rare event indeed.”

Scientists are still uncertain as to the reason behind whales breaching. It could be a mating call, if a female is close by, or as a means to intimidate others from invading his territory.

Credit: Craig Capehart via Storyful

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