Craig Capeheart, a scuba driver, was sitting in a “rubber duck” inflatable boat off the southeastern coast of South Africa when a gigantic creature decided to showcase a graceful leap. A 40-ton humpback whale lept entirely out of the water as Craig and the rest of the passengers exclaimed at the once-in-a-lifetime sight they witnessed.
Humpback whales are quite enormous in size. A fully grown adult can weigh around 36,000kg which is equivalent to the weight of approximately 24 adult hippos. Craig assumes that this graceful giant weighed around 40 tons. Despite the enormity of the creature, it gracefully put on an air display and splashed down leaving the witnesses in astonishment.
Watch The Magnificient Creature Leap Out Of The Sea In The Video Below
The humpback whale Craig and the other passengers witnessed was actually breaching. According to researchers, it is a type of long-distance communication for far groups. It is fairly opposed to their methods of short-distance communication, which is usually tail and fin slapping. When at least 40% of a whale’s body is out of the water, it is considered a breach. But, this incident was extremely unusual as the whale’s entire physique soared over the sea.
Whales are a widely diversified and dispersed species. They consist of eight known extant families which include sperm whales, right whales, beaked whales, and grey whales. Hippopotamuses are their nearest surviving cousins from whom they separated around 40 million years ago. These mammals are found in sizes ranging from 2.6m to 29.9m and can weigh up to 190 metric tons. Blue whales are the largest animals ever to have roamed the earth.
In the caption accompanying the video, Craig mentioned, “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!” he added.