Photographer Captures 40-Ton Whale Jumping Completely Out Of The Water

The average weight of a fully grown adult humpback whales is around 40 tons, which is about the same weight as 24 adult hippos. The massive mammal in the video below put on an incredible display when it leaped completely out of the water in South Africa.

The footage was shot by Craig Capehart in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mbotyi. While a scuba diver was sitting in a “rubber duck” inflatable boat, the beautiful giant decided to make an appearance. He estimates that the whale weighed around 40 tons, but size 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. “Dolphins and even Great White Sharks have been seen flying out of the water, but this is a first for an adult humpback whale!”

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