Stories tagged humpback whales

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"Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting. Humpbacks are the only whales known to blow bubble nets -- a circle of bubbles that traps schools of fish for easy capture. Although this hunting technique has been documented in humpbacks for decades, just how whales make the nets wasn't well-understood until now, says David Wiley, a biologist with NOAA. Wiley and colleagues attached digital tags to Humpbacks' backs to find out what they do underwater when they're bubble-netting."

One of the best afternoons of my life was spent on a boat off of Cape Cod watching humpback whales frolicking. Now, in the video below, the roles are reversed thanks to the "Crittercam." The new technology used to give us an animal's-eye-view of the world has been strapped on a humpback to show us what they see in the waters. Enjoy.