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Watch: Huge Whale Breaches Right By Boat

Huge Whale Breaches Right By Boat
Huge Whale Breaches Right By Boat. Image by Maasai Sightings via YouTube

Huge Whale Breaches Right By Boat

A whale of a Time! Whales like to play too, just like we do. The video shows a once in a lifetime experience as boat goers witness a baby whale fully breaching right in front of their eyes. The whale was said to be a baby that was putting on a show for the boat goers and was later scared off by its siblings. Join us as we dive deep into the complex social structures and behaviors of whales.

Breaching

Humpback Whale Jumping Out Of The Water
Humpback Whale Jumping Out Of The Water. Image by GUDKOVANDREY via Depositphotos

Humpback whales have spectacular breaching behavior. This is where they launch their bodies out of the water and crash back down with tremendous force! This behavior is believed to serve various purposes. Such as communication, social bonding, and possibly even play. Breaching displays can be seen during mating rituals. Although, humpbacks also breach simply for the joy of it. It shows us their playful nature.

Flipper Slapping

Humpback whales partake in flipper slapping. This is where they repeatedly slap their large pectoral fins against the water’s surface. It creates loud splashes and distinctive sounds. This possibly serves as a form of communication or as a means of play. Humpbacks also enjoy flipper slapping while swimming on their sides or backs.

Tail Slapping

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale. Image via Deposit Photos

Another playful behavior shown by humpback whales is tail slapping. This is where they lift their massive flukes out of the water and slap them against the surface repeatedly. This behavior makes a loud, echoing sound. It happens during social interactions. Such as courtship displays and group play. Tail slapping is thought to serve multiple functions too! This includes communication, self-expression, and playfulness.

Spyhopping

Humpback whales also engage in spyhopping. This is the action whereby they vertically raise their heads out of the water to observe their surroundings. This lets them inspect objects above the surface, including boats, prey, or other whales. While spyhopping primarily serves a functional purpose, humpbacks also do it out of curiosity or as a playful activity, showcasing their inquisitive nature.

Wrap up

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale tail. Image via Deposit Photos

Overall, these behaviors, including breaching, flipper slapping, tail slapping, and spyhopping, give us valuable insights into the playful and curious nature of these majestic creatures.

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