Whales are a diverse and widely distributed species of aquatic placental marine mammals. They are an unofficial suborder of the Cetacea, excluding dolphins and porpoises. The order Cetartiodactyla, which contains even-toed ungulates, includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Their closest living relatives are hippopotamuses, from whom they split some 40 million years ago. Baleen whales (Mysticeti) and toothed whales (Odontoceti) are thought to have split roughly 34 million years ago.
Humpback whales are the world’s largest animals. Given their enormous weight (up to 40 tons), these massive monsters are unlikely to leap out of the water.
Balaenopteridae (rorquals), Balaenidae (right whales), Cetotheriidae (pygmy right whale), Eschrichtiidae (grey whale), Monodontidae (belugas and narwhals), Physeteridae (sperm whale), Kogiidae (dwarf and pygmy sperm whale), Ziphiidae ( (the beaked whales).
At sea, open ocean organisms feed, mate, give birth, nurse, and nurture their young. Whales range in size from 2.6 meters (8.5 feet) and 135 kilograms (298 pounds) for dwarf sperm whales to 29.9 meters (98 feet) and 190 metric tons (210 short tons) for blue whales, the world’s largest known animal.
Craig Capehart, a scuba diver, caught the beautiful footage off the coast of Mbotyi, South Africa.
The mature whale, he calculates, weighs approximately 40 tons. Later, he uploaded the astonishing footage to YouTube, where it has received millions of views.
When the humpback whale breached close, Capehart and three other divers were on board an inflatable speedboat hunting for sardines in order to follow the predators that they attract.
“There appears to be no recorded evidence of an adult humpback whale jumping entirely out of the water!” “A really odd event indeed,” Craig said in the video’s caption.
“While dolphins and even Great White Sharks have been seen leaping out of the water in the past, an adult humpback whale is a first!” What a sight for these lucky divers to see.
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