Incredibly rare ‘megapod’ of more than 100 humpback whales surrounds boat off shore of Australia

A “megapod” of more than 100 humpback whales has been filmed surrounding a boat off the bank of Australia – an incredibly rare event a specialist says has only at any point been captured once before in the nation’s waters.

The whales avoided the boat close to Bermagui, about 236 miles (380 kilometers) from Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, as they benefited from an enormous snare ball – a firmly pressed school of fish swimming in a round shape.

Simon Millar, proprietor of Sapphire Coastal Adventures, was leading a team preparing exercise with his staff when they detected the whales on September 9. In the video, the whales can be seen slapping their tails in the sea, attempting to group the fish.

Millar said it was only the second time a mass aggregation of whales – known as a “megapod” – has at any point been found in Australian waters.

“It was incredible,” he told CNN. “We saw the whales swimming all over the area. They were simply everywhere. We were extremely fortunate.

“The sight and sound was really something.”

Australia’s coastline comes bursting at the seams with units of whales each year among April and November as they swim north from the Antarctic, where they spend their summers taking care of, to sub-tropical waters, where they mate and conceive an offspring, as indicated by Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.

Their yearly movement can conceal to 6,214 miles (10,000 kilometers), and draws in thousands of visitors to beach front towns like Byron Bay, Hervey Bay and Eden. Most of humpbacks migrate back towards the Southern Ocean from September to November, the department said.

Millar said the whales he has seen for this present year have been taking care of significantly more, potentially because of a lack of food.

“We are depleting their food source in Antarctica by over fishing,” he said.

David M. Bread cook, Associate Professor at the Swire Institute of Marine Science at the University of Hong Kong, said humans are “competing with (whales) directly for food,” and we are changing where food is accessible “by modifying the worldwide environment.”

“Worldwide fisheries deplete the very things that whales eat, such as tutoring fish and krill and could severely undermine their recovery,” he said. “Environmental change is additionally impeding recovery of some species, remembering critically endangered right whales for the North Atlantic.”


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