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It’s an amazing site to be seen, these animals showcasing the true extent of their size 🔥 However, it is not quite as common as aquarium shows and wildlife documentaries make out 👍 My personal analogy is it’s like aliens forming an impression of humans by watching YouTube 😉 On YouTube, aliens would see happy, smiling faces moving rhythmically to music. They would have been disappointed to see us dancing when the aliens arrived on Earth. A whale can only jump out of water if it is in the right mood and the right circumstances. 
Whales, which can reach a weight of anywhere from 12,000 to 400,000 lbs (depending upon species), can leap. Whales are known for their long bodies and ability to leap. surface of the waterThey propel themselves upwards, hovering almost in midair, and then they fly off into the air. They soon fall into the ocean, splashing back into the water below. The crash causes a torrent of ocean spray that leaves everyone within close proximity astonished and wet. Amalie Hummel, who pointed this out to us, was very kind. 
Researchers at discovermagazine.comEvidence for surface-active behaviors in humpbacks whales (Megaptera Novaeangliae). “Migrating humpbacks whales (Megaptera.novaeangliae), perform many surface-active behaviorss as part of their social sound repertoire. These behaviourss include breaching, repetitive slapping the tail flukes and pectoral fins. However, very little information is available about the factors that influence such behaviourss or what they might be. By examining their social and environmental contexts, we investigated potential roles of surface-active behaviors in the humpback whale group. Continuous acoustic monitoring and focal observations of 94 groups of whales was used to collect data about the environmental and social contexts of these behaviours. The possibility that breaching plays a part in communication between distant whale groups was supported by continuous acoustic monitoring and data on the social and environmental context of each group. The study highlights the potential importance and diversity of surface-active behaviors in communication between migrating humpbacks whales. See related content Killer whales can learn to “speak dolphin”.Giant earwax plugs tell the life stories of blue whales.Flashback Friday: Researchers identify mysterious sounds first heard by 1960s submarines. 
To find answers, University of Queensland marine biologist Ailbhe’s having Kavanagh spent September and October of 2010 and 2011 at Australia’s Peregian Beach observing 76 groups of humpback whales migrating to the Antarctic for more than 200 hours. The findings were published in Marine Mammal Science this January. They show that breaching occurs more often when pods consist of humpbacks whales at least 4,000m apart. Also, fin and tail slapping are more common as groups break up or merge. These patterns indicate that breaching and slapping may play an important role in long-distance communication as well as close-range communications. The sounds they make, which sound like a drum when they ram their bodies into water, can be heard far away.