Huge 40-ton humpback whale filmed jumping entirely out of the water

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Humpback whales are the largest animals on Earth. Given their massive weight (up to 40 ton) it is unlikely to see these gigantic creatures to entirely leap out of the water. Maybe that’s why this incredible footage of a humpback whale momentarily taking off as it breaches the water off the coast of South Africa is going viral.

The scuba diver Craig Capehart, captured on camera the breathtaking video off the coast of Mbotyi, South Africa. As he estimates, the adult whale weight nearly 40 ton. Later he shared the incredible video on Youtube, gaining millions of views so far. Capehart said that he and three other divers were on board an inflatable motorboat looking for sardines so they could track the predators that they attract when the humpback whale breached nearby.

“It seems that never before has a recording been made of an adult humpback whale leaping entirely out of the water! A very rare event, indeed,” wrote Craig in the video’s  description. “Dolphins and even Great White Sharks have been seen flying out of the water, but this is a first for an adult humpback whale!” What a sight to behold for these lucky divers.  Watch the rare footage bellow!

h/t: Youtube