Category: humpback whale

Underwater cameras can give us insight on beha…

Underwater cameras can give us insight on behaviors we would rarely (or never!) get to observe otherwise. 

In this video, a humpback whale calf on the breeding grounds in Madagascar is carrying a CATS cam, a non-invasive suction cup camera. The footage shows that the whales grow up in a very acoustically rich environment (listen to all of the background noise!). Additionally, the camera captured a rarely seen behavior: suckling! This is the first time this behavior has been seen from a calf’s point of view. 

Studying the behavior of cetaceans in their natural habitat is extremely difficult. Most of their lives are spent below the surface and and because we are terrestrial mammals, we can’t easily watch what they are doing. These non-invasive suction cup tags can let us observe natural behaviors without interfering with the whales. I would very much like to see these types of cameras deployed on other social species of marine mammals, like killer whales.

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It took 6(!) years of observing whales to finally get a photo of a “rainblow.”

These only occur when light hits the water droplets created by a whale’s exhalation (warm air from the lungs meeting cool air outside) and is reflected inside the drops before being refracted outside, creating the colors of the visible light spectrum. Just like with normal rainbows, the sun has to be behind you in order for you to see it.

It may sound simple enough, but given whales do not stay still and sunny days are relatively rare here in Alaska…it’s hard for all the conditions of a rainblow to be met!

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A humpback whale calf swims in the waters of Tonga’s Vava’u islands. Each year, humpback whales come to Tonga between July and September. Photograph by Marc Henauer

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Reiko Takahashi went from sitting at a desk to diving off the coast of Japan’s Kumejima Island to photograph humpback whales. It was the ultimate “follow your dreams” story, and her passion was vindicated when an especially poignant image of a humpback whale won the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Takahashi beat out more than 13,000 entries. “I was fortunate to have encountered a humpback whale with her calf on my first day snorkeling near Japan’s Kumejima Island. Most of the time, the calf stayed close to her mom. At one point, the calf began jumping and tapping its tail on the water near us — it was very friendly and curious. Finally, the mother, who was watching nearby, came to pick up the calf and swim away. I fell in love completely with the calf and it’s very energetic, large and beautiful tail.” — Reiko Takahashi. Go here to see the full galley of winning images that highlight the breadth of Earth’s biodiversity.

(📷: Photo by Reiko Takahashi/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

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