Craig Capeheart is a scuba diver who went to South Africa for the Annual Sardines Run, event which let many fishes and cetaceans flow into the African waters. During his long awaiting hours, looking for “spheres of sardines” (concentrations of several fishes created by dolphins which attract sharks as well as birds) to be formed, the diver along with his companions became witnesses of a very rare event:

A full leap of a humpback whale weighing 40 tons, emerging entirely from the water

This type of jump, known as “Breaching”, usually shows a considerable portion of the animal such as the tail. However never before this day a full scene of this sort had previously been recovered. These ones are common in all the different species of cetaceans but the purpouse of them are still not clear. The first theory that many scietists agree upon is the leap being a form of communication whilst others believe that it is either a way to take off some damaging parasites or a mere form of entertainment.

Whichever the cause was, this massive humpback whale, one of the biggest species ever seen, was able to astonish millions of people throughout the world.

What the video maker- scuba diver Capehart wrote down in the description of his video was:

“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!”

Below the full video of the leap:

Matteo Rubboli

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