Whale spotting is a favorite pastime for those who live and visit coastlines these giant mammals frequent. Craig Capeheart, a scuba diver, was indeed in the right place at the right time when he captured an amazing full breach of a humpback whale off the south eastern coast of South Africa.
The 40 ton whale was leaping, splashing down and flapping his fins and tail, seemingly having a jolly good time while passengers on a whale watching boat could hardly believe the magnificence and agility of this ocean giant.
Breaching is believed to be a way of long distance communication with others of the group while fin and tail flapping is used for closer communication. It is considered a breach when at least 40% of the whale’s body is above the water and it’s very rare to see the whole body out above the water which makes Capeheart’s video an extremely rare capture.
In Capeheart’s words: ‘’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!’’