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Kayaker comes across humpback whale that appears frozen in place

By T.K. Randall
August 14, 2023 · Comment icon 16 comments

This behavior is incredibly rare. Image Credit: YouTube / YBS Youngbloods
Social media star Brodie Moss came across a whale's tail sticking out of the water while out on his kayak.
While finding a whale in the waters off the coast of Australia might not seem particularly unusual, you've probably never seen one quite like this before.

When Moss discovered what looked like a whale's tail suspended out of the water while paddling in his transparent kayak recently, he couldn't quite believe what he was seeing.

The tail seemed to be frozen in place - almost like a glitch in a video game.
Using an underwater camera, he was able to record footage of the whale itself which seemed to be sitting upside-down in the water, motionless, with just its tail protruding from the surface.

"What is it doing ?" he pondered in the video.

It turns out that what he had found was a whale engaging in a very rare activity - tail sailing - which still remains something of an enigma but could be aimed at helping the whale to cool down.

You can check out the full encounter in the video below.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (16)

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Comment icon #7 Posted by newbloodmoon 4 months ago
I did a blog on aliens using earth as a cable tv reality show. Perhaps the alien hit the pause button on its nature documentary.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Guyver 4 months ago
This is bizarre.  But, how does he get the aerial footage shots?  Is he running a drone in addition to three cameras?
Comment icon #9 Posted by quiXilver 4 months ago
Not odd behavior at all for a humpback.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Still Waters 4 months ago
I see the video has since been removed by the uploader as it's private now. That's a shame, it was interesting.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Still Waters 4 months ago
Moss did not say where he caught his footage, but he is a member of the YBS Youngbloods crew – a team that creates ocean media content on the coasts of Western Australia between Exmouth and Broome. They use drones.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Still Waters 4 months ago
Not odd, just not often seen.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Nosy.Matters 4 months ago
Sometimes, .. well , sometimes you see the damnedest things out in nature. I've heard many stories of strange behavior by fish.  Have seen it in large river fish myself towards dusk. We figured and agreed, it must be the fire or camper lights and the larger or largest land-locked / trout(s) would poke their head up and look things over, well that's what we figured.   The evil eye: Can fish stick their heads out of the water and size up the situation? • Outdoor Canada
Comment icon #14 Posted by quiXilver 3 months ago
Well said, solid point.
Comment icon #15 Posted by joc 3 months ago
Not seen at all here...why does it say video is private?  Did you see the video?  
Comment icon #16 Posted by Still Waters 3 months ago
Yes I saw the video along with other posters in this thread judging by the comments. The video wasn't private when I posted it, there would have been no point in posting a video that nobody could view. I don't know why the uploader has since made it private viewing only.

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