40-Tonne Whale Captured Jumping Out Of The Ocean Like A Dolphin

A huge, 40-ton humpback whale has been filmed gracefully jumping out of the water, like a dolphin, showing us all that we should just follow our dreams.

In the clip, filmed by photographer Craig Capehart, the adult whale can be seen jumping fully out of the water in a ‘very rare’ event.

“It was a rare clear, crisp, cold, winter day offshore Mbotyi in Pondoland, Eastern Cape province, South Africa (formerly Transkei),” Craig Capehart who filmed the footage wrote.

“We are four scuba divers in a small ‘rubber duck’ inflatable boat with two powerful 110 hpfour stroke outboard motors. Clive is captain, Carlos is divemaster, and Levi is deckhand.

“We are hunting for sardines. It is the annual world famous ‘South African Sardine Run’, a mass migration of pilchard fish up the east coast of Africa. 

“Actually, we are not interested in the sardines but rather the predators they attract. Hungry bottlenose and common dolphins herd the long line of small sardines into compact groups called ‘bait balls’. Once a ball is formed, a feeding frenzy ensues. Dolphins, sharks, and birds feast on the dense pack of small fish.


Credit: Storyful/Craig Capehart

“Sadly, our six or seven hours daily on the water entail mostly waiting, waiting, and waiting a little longer until we find the elusive sardine bait ball.

“Entertaining us while we wait are migrating humpback whales. Some are mothers with calves. Some are males traveling in small groups.

“This day, there were few sardine sightings but the whales seemed to be everywhere. An unexpected bonus.

“This video shows a humpback whale mother cow swimming with a calf. It shows an adult 40 tonne whale on its back, slapping both its left and right fins on the water, then leaping entirely out of the water.


Credit: Storyful/Craig Capehart

“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!”

Although, we can’t confirm whether this true or not, we can all agree that it’s pretty bloodycool, eh?

Featured Image Credit: Storyful

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