BEAUTIFUL FOOTAGE OF A NEWBORN BABY HUMPBACK

Born only twenty minutes prior, the newborn and Mom were captured by a drone operated by the University of Hawai’i’s researchers. It’s beautiful to see the baby Humpback begin to use its blowhole, and gliding alongside, and then riding atop, the mother’s back.

University of Hawaii

By Kelli Trifonovitch

January 31, 2019

The humpback whale calf is so new that its dorsal fin and tail flukes appear soft and flimsy, and its mother is still excreting blood, while sometimes supporting the calf on her back. The rare video minutes after birth was captured by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) in January 2019.

MMRP Director Lars Bejder was using a drone to shoot video of other humpback whales off the coast of Maui (under a permit from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) when he got a call from one of the local tour operators. “They had just seen all this whitewater and commotion in the water and weren’t quite sure what it was and suddenly there was all this blood in the water, which made us go over there and that’s what we discovered—a newborn calf,” Bejder recalled.

It was the closest the marine mammal researcher had been to a live birth in 25 years.

“I think everybody can appreciate these kinds of footages, and it brings us closer to these animals and gives us a really majestic view of these creatures,” he said. “I think it’s pretty spectacular.”

The MMRP studies the effects of climate change, human activities and prey availability on whales and dolphins.


Humpback Whale breeding and feeding areas

HUMPBACK WHALE BREECHES AND SENDS FISHING BOAT FLYING

ABC Newsonline.

August 7, 2017

Six men are lucky to be alive after a whale threw their boat metres into the air in the Whitsundays (Australia).

WARNING: This story contains graphic images that may disturb some readers.

The group was returning from a reef fishing trip on Saturday afternoon, when the large humpback breached underneath the 8.5-metre aluminium vessel, near Gloucester Island.

The impact of the collision with the whale and the water was so great that those on board were violently thrown around the boat, with two men knocked unconscious.

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Skippers need to keep a lookout, authorities say

The Whitsundays is considered a whale nursery, with the species choosing the warm waters off the Queensland coast to birth their calves.

A spokesperson for the Department of Environment and Heritage (EHP) said about 30,000 humpback whales were migrating along the Queensland coast this year.

“Humpbacks have made a remarkable comeback since the 1960s when hunting stopped,” the spokesperson said.

“EHP and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service would remind boaties to be very cautious during the humpback migration — humpbacks are on the move day and night on their migration.”

The spokesperson said adult humpbacks could weigh up to 45 tonnes.

“These huge, unpredictable mammals may surface, slap their tails or leap out of the water unexpectedly around vessels.

“Skippers need to keep a lookout at all times — even if skippers avoid cutting across the path of a whale or going within the approach limits, humpbacks may approach or nudge boats.

“If a skipper becomes concerned about the safety of their vessel and passengers due to a whale’s behaviour, he/she should stop, slow down and/or steer away from the whale immediately.”