Stunning new video footage captured a rare massive “megapod” of Humpback whales off the coast of Australia.
More than 100 of the enormous sea-faring mammals are seen feasting on a large school of baitfish near New South Wales on Australia’s southeast coast, CBS-News reported.
“The big smell, fish everywhere, whales busting up through it,” Simon Miller, owner of Sapphire Coastal Adventure, which spotted the rare display Thursday, told Reuters.
“Now the whales on the outside were slapping their tails, sorting of herding the bait in together and then the whales coming up and sort of busting up all over the place,” Miller said. “It’s pretty incredible stuff.”
It’s not uncommon to see whales a megapod — at least 20 whales — chomping on baitfish this time of year, Miller said, but it is very rare to see a pod as large as the 100-strong one spotted last week.
“We’ve been witnessing whales feeding on the south coast for maybe, like, 18, 19 years, since I’ve been doing it,” he said. “But we’ve never witnessed them feeding in such huge aggregations before.”
With Post wires