Humpback whales are notoriously large animals. In fact, these enormous beasts average a weight of around 36,000kg for a fully grown adult which is roughly the same weight as 24 adult hippos.
Weight aside, the massive mammal in the video below shows off all the elegance and grace of a nimble ballerina as it leaps majestically (fully) out of the water around South Africa.
The footage was shot in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mbotyi by Craig Capehart, a scuba diver who was sitting in an inflatable boat when the graceful giant decided to make an appearance.
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!”
This incredible mammal can be seen leaping out of the water on numerous occasions before it soars fully out the water which is believed to be the first time this occurrence has ever been captured on camera
They happened to be having a whale of a time (apologies for the incredibly awful and predictable pun) as they watched this humongous beast soar and splash through the water over and over again.
What do you think about this fascinating creature? Have you ever seen anything like this before? Let us know in the comments below.