This is one of the first times someone has captured footage of a humpback whale leaping out of the water.
Did you know? Adult humpback whales can grow to weigh 36,000 kg — or, about the same weight as 24 adult hippos! Acknowledging this, it’s quite incredible that the mammals are capable of leaping out of the water. Even more impressive is that the feat was recently caught on film.
The video (below) was captured by Craig Capehart, a scuba diver who was sitting in a “rubber duck” inflatable boat when he witnessed the extraordinary feat. Capeheart was in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mbotyi when the graceful giant made an appearance. The scuba diver estimates that the humpback whale weighed around 40 tons.
“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,” wrote Craig in the caption accompanying the video. “Dolphins and even Great White Sharks have been seen flying out of the water, but this is a first for an adult humpback whale!”
Watch the incredible footage below:
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