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.
That didn’t stop the massive mammal in the video below from putting on an incredible air display when it leaped completely out of the water in South Africa recently.
The footage was shot in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mbotyi by Craig Capehart, a scuba diver who was sitting in a “rubber duck” inflatable boat when the graceful giant decided to make an appearance. He estimates that the whale weighed around 40 tons, but size clearly meant nothing to this graceful giant. “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,” wrote Craig in the caption accompanying the video.
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