It’s a rare thing to see a large group of humpback whales as they bubble net feed on smaller baitfish.
This beautiful video captures a large pod of humpback whales in Alaska as they engage in a group lunge feeding and bubble net feeding hunt.
Lunge feeding is a technique used by large aquatic predators as they swim open-mouthed through schools of smaller prey, engulfing the smaller creatures as they swim.
Bubble net feeding “is a unique feeding technique employed by humpback whales, in which a group of whales swim in a shrinking circle blowing bubbles below a school of fish. This shrinking column of bubbles surrounds the school of fish forcing them upward. The whales spontaneously swim upward through the bubble net, mouths wide open, catching thousands of fish in one gulp.”
What makes this footage even more spectacular is that it was taken via a drone, and offers a seagull’s eye view of the whales working in concert with one another in Alaska’s brilliant blue-green ocean waters.
The visual of several large whales rising together out of the water in a ring formation is astonishing. This is one to share.