Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) cooperative feeding with a bubble net, Tenakee Inlet, Chichagof Island, Southeast Alaska, USA.
This was one of the most unusual pods of bubble net feeding whales because of the appearance of some of their flukes every time they lunged to the surface. The co-operative feeding groups that use bubble nets to catch herring are very cohesive teams of individuals that feed together every summer, and their herding and feeding manoeuvres are tightly choreographed for maximum efficiency. This is the only pod that I witnessed using their flukes in this manner as part of their strategy.
- Duncan Murrell
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