HUMPBACK WHALES BUBBLE-NET FEEDING

We have had the immense pleasure of witnessing bubble net feeding humpbacks in the Bay lately.

Everyone is waiting patiently for these gentle giants to emerge and all of a sudden big bubbles start appearing at the surface: at first just a couple, then more and more forming a circle... then magic happens: two humpback whales pop up!

Bubble-net, also known as cooperative feeding, is a technique adopted by humpback whales to corral and trap food in the middle of a big curtain of bubbles. They start blowing bubbles together from at depth, swimming in circles, creating a net from which krill and small fish can't escape. Then they will start swimming upwards with their mouths wide open and catch them all.

Arctic terns are often seen flying all around the whales, taking advantage of the food left behind.

Enjoy the video and the sunset!

-Vittoria-


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