Breaching Print E-mail
Humpback whales sometimes launch themselves head first out of the water, sometimes completely. This is called breaching and is one of the behaviours that the humpback whale is famous for. These creatures are very acrobatic, and sometimes spin around while breaching. There may be several different reasons why whales breach. It may have a social meaning as the noise created by the whale's body slapping the water as it comes back down can be heard under water up to a kilometer away. Another suggestion is that breaching may loosen parasites that live on the whales skin; or it may be that the whales are simply having fun!


Below: Baby whale only two weeks old breaching in Dominican Republic


 

 
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