Scuba diver Craig Capeheart filmed a magical event off the southeastern coast of South Africa when he witnessed a 40-ton humpback whale leaping fully out of the water. Looking surprisingly spry for such a large animal, the whale caused other boat passengers to shout with awe as it splashed down.
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The majestic animal is performing an act known as breaching. Researchers believe that breaching is a way for distant groups to communicate, different from the tail and fin slapping that is reserved for close range communication.
Though it’s considered a breach any time the whale’s body is at least 40% above sea level, it’s quite rare to see their entire body fly out of the water. This makes Capeheart’s close-up video a unique gem. “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,” Capeheart writes. “Dolphins and even Great White Sharks have been seen flying out of the water, but this is a first for an adult humpback whale!”
This humpback whale jumps fully out of the water, a rare site captured on film by a scuba diver in South Africa.
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