Seas and oceans hide incredible worlds in their very depths, and we are always looking forward to learning of new creatures from the deep waters that never cease to take our breath away. They can be so lovely and unique. However, what we love most about the ocean world are the magnificent humpback whales. These gentle giants have dark backs and white bellies, and a small hump in front of their dorsal fin, which is how they got that name.
Incredible footage of a humpback getting out of the water with its whole body out was taken by scuba diver Craig Capehart and his team. All they hoped to see that day was sardine colonies, but they stumbled upon the remarkable sight instead. As they were coasting in the calm waters of the Indian Ocean around Mbotyi in southeastern South Africa trying to spot dolphins feasting on sardines, whales got out of the water and treated the divers with an unforgettable show.
It is the annual world famous “South African Sardine Run”, a mass migration of pilchard fish up the east coast of Africa.
As they were recording and looking in awe, one of the whales leaped above the surface of the ocean with its whole body. It was something they’ve never seen before, and we are glad they got everything on tape.
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. Dolphins and even Great White Sharks have been seen flying out of the water, but this is a first for an adult humpback whale!
Imagine the splash of an animal so huge. The humpbacks can weight up to 44 tons, and range between 40-60ft. long. Scientist believe how these whales breach simply because they find it fun, or maybe try to clean pests from their skin. No matter the reason, it’s a way for humans to see them in their full size.
The feeding season of the humpback whales starts in June and ends around September. During these months, the whales are forced to swim towards the colder climates as fish, squids, and krill stay at lower temperatures. With the winter in its full swing in the Southern Hemisphere in July, Capehart and his friends were just in the right place, at the right time. During the mating season, however, which is during the winter months, whales get back to warmer waters to safely bare their babies.
We hope this helped you learn more about these giant creatures.