Off the picturesque coast of Massachusetts, a unique spectacle unfolded as humpback whales swam in an extraordinary dance. But this wasn’t just a leisurely waltz in the waves. This highly choreographed performance comes with a critical purpose — to hunt!
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It’s all about dinner, and a rather elegant one at that. Known as bubble feeding or bubble netting, humpback whales have a fascinating way of securing their prey — krill and fish. “Once the fish are corralled, they are pushed toward the surface and engulfed as the whales lunge upward through the circular bubble net,” NOAA Fisheries explained about this mesmerizing behavior.
But the story doesn’t end there. Among the dancing humpbacks, one caught the eye of New England Aquarium researchers. Her name is Salt, an iconic female whale known for her white-speckled dorsal fin and an impressive history that spans decades.
“Salt, who was first seen in Massachusetts in the mid-1970s and has given birth to 16 calves, was seen bubble feeding with three other whales south of Martha’s Vineyard. It was a rare treat for our survey team to see this iconic female humpback!” the aquarium proudly announced on Facebook.
The humpback whales of Massachusetts are truly nature’s marvels, turning a seemingly ordinary hunt into a breathtaking performance. So, let’s toast to Salt and her fellow humpback whales as they continue to enchant us with their aquatic artistry. After all, the beauty of nature is endless, unpredictable, and forever inspiring.
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