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Interesting Photo of the Day: Blue Whales Breaching (Plus Shocking Video)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … whale? This humpback whale calf takes breaching to a whole new level. Completely clearing the water, it appears to fly in the air, fins spread out. Adult humpback whales weigh about 80,000 pounds (36,000 kg) and measure an average of 39 to 52 feet in length (12-16 metres), and even calves weigh two tons and are 20 feet at birth, so that’s a pretty powerful animal.

Humpback whale breaching (via imgur)

Captured by Matthew Thornton, this photo was a 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest entry. It was taken off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia.

For a similar close encounter with humpback whales that was recently featured on national news, check out this truly shocking video, it kind of chilled me to my core when I saw it:

There was some discussion about whether the diver would have been alright if he had been eaten. The conclusion was that the whale probably couldn’t have swallowed him but also would have had trouble “spitting” him out. It is likely the diver would have been partially trapped in the whale’s mouth until he drowned. Something like this hasn’t really happened before so there are a lot of differing opinions about it.

[via PictureCorrect Photography Tips]

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