Incredible footage showing a colossal humpback whale breaching out of the choppy seas near Sydney coast has gone viral on the internet.
The incident happened near Long Reef off the Sydney Northern Beaches.
A group of whale watchers was left stunned when the young whale emerged from the water and made their whale tour a lot more fascinating.
The audience, who had been waiting to catch glimpses of the whales during their 90-minute tour, couldn’t have asked more.
The impressive show put up by the humpback whale was worth their effort to brave the cold and gray weather of the Australian capital.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Jonas Liebschner, from Whale Watching Sydney, said whales breach out of the water more on rougher days as compared to the calmer ones.
“This was a particularly good sighting,” Jonas said.
“Normally we see whales breach two or three times but this whale was breaching for 90 minutes straight from Long Reef to Manly, so it was pretty amazing.”
A study conducted by the University of Queensland concluded that there’s a link between the noise of the wind and whales gesturing more than vocalizing.
Speaking to the ABC, study author Dr. Rebecca Dunlop said: “Imagine you’re at a party and you’re trying to talk to someone and they can’t hear what you say, you start to gesture a bit.”
“Humpbacks are doing something similar,” she added.
When there’s more wind, the choppy waves create similar frequencies in water which the whales use for their own communication.
The study authors found that the whales spent more time on the surface whenever there was more wind. They would breach and slap their giant fins during this time.
At this time of the year, more than 30,000 humpback whales migrate from northern waters to the southern ones for their mating season.
That’s why the duration between mid-May to November is considered to be peak whale watching season.
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