Humpback whales are massive creatures. In reality, it’s gigantic. A fully grown adult weighs about 36,000kg, almost the same as 24 adult hippos, but that didn’t deter the giant mammal in the video below from putting on an epic air show when it jumped entirely out of the water in South Africa recently.
Craig Capehart, a scuba diver who was seated in a “rubber duck” inflatable boat off the coast of Mbotyi when the graceful giant wanted to make an appearance, filmed the video in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mbotyi. He estimated the whale’s weight to be about 40 tons, but size didn’t seem to matter to this graceful giant. “It appears that no recording of an adult humpback whale leaping completely out of the water has ever been made! Craig wrote in the caption to the film, “A very rare event indeed.” “While dolphins and even Great White Sharks have been seen flying out of the water, an adult humpback whale is a first!”