WATCH: 40-Ton humpback whale leaps entirely out of the ocean!


Four scuba divers in a small 'rubber duck' inflatable boat hoping to experience the 'sardine run', were about to witness something marvelous. Along the cost of Mbotyi in Pondoland - Eastern Cape, a very unique sighting was caught on camera. 

This footage captured was taken by Craig Capehart.

A sardine hunt turned marvelous sighting

The sighting was captured while the divers were out hoping to capture footage of dolphins during the mass migration of sardines moving up the East coast of South Africa. But instead they got this amazing video showing a 40 ton Humpback whale leaping entirely out of the water.

We can only imagine the ocean swell that was created as it hit the waters coming down. Humpback whales are known to be powerful swimmers and use their massive tail in order to propel themselves further or out of the ocean.

The video also includes the sighting of a mother Humpback whale with her calf as they swim through the waters. This is a usual occurrence within their behavior as Mothers are known to swim close to their young and touch one another with their fins in a gesture of affection. 

Don't miss: The Whale Festival, Hermanus

The annual Hermanus Whale Festival will be taking place from the 29 September until 1 October 2017 -as an  eco-marine festival in South Africa, it  is not to be missed. It is the biggest festival that takes place in Hermanus and attracts people from far and wide and has been occurring for over 26 years.

READ: Whale watching a must-do winter experience 

Have a 'whale of a time' with the whole family at the Hermanus Whale Festival 2017. 

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