Migrating Humpback Whales Show Off In Rare Double Breach

Caters_NewsPublished: July 9, 2018
Published: July 9, 2018

The humpback whale is a representative of the whale family. This mammal inhabits the marine expanses of the Southern Hemisphere. The second name is a humpback. He got his name for the manner of swimming - when the humpback floats, it strongly arches its back. In summer, this whale inhabits the waters of the Southern Ocean, and for the winter it sails to the north and lives in tropical and subtropical waters. It is there that the humpback whales are mating. Then the humpback returns to the familiar southern waters. The mammal is so fond of Antarctica that it overcomes thousands of kilometers to return to its native cold waters in 6 weeks. There they live in flocks. each flock lives independently of each other and is a separate family. Each flock, in turn, consists of several groups which consist of 4 to 5 individuals. Some males live as singles, and females live in the company of their cubs.

An enchanted wildlife photographer has caught the spectacular moment when two mammoth 40-tonne humpback whales soared out of the water in an unbelievable spectacle of “extremely rare” double breaching. Enthusiastic whale watcher John Goodridge, 54, was thrilled after witnessing the two “majestic” 14 meters (45ft) long marine mammals “showing off” less than 100 meters (328ft) from his cruise boat sailing out of Sydney Heads, New South Wales, Australia late last month. The massive mammals were snapped in the middle of a faultless vertical breach near the Sydney Heads entryway to the harbor on Sunday. Tourists on-board a passing ferry too got the spectacle of their life, with the gigantic creatures soaring out of the water and fashioning an exceptional spectacle right next to the boat.

Mr. Goodridge, who at the time was on a cruise at Go Whale Watching, said that in his 54 years of avid observations, he had never seen anything like it before. They had been out for around two hours and it was almost time to go back into shore. Out of nowhere these humpback whales jumped out of the water and did this amazing vertical breach. It was a remarkable sight. Whales usually breach to the side, this one, however, came up perfectly vertical. Apart from him there were around 70 lucky people on board the cruise who were “totally astonished” by the exhibition, which was over in less than two seconds. Everything happened so quick. It took less than two seconds and it was all over. They had seen a number of whales that afternoon, but nothing as dramatic as seeing a double breaching.

The eastern coastline of Australia comes alive every year between April and November, as flocks of humpback whales make the 10,000km trip from Antarctica to Australia in order to mate and give birth and John Goodridge, an avid wildlife photographer has caught the magnificent moment on camera.

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