Wow! Humpback Whale Feeds Just a Few Feet From Onlookers [VIDEO]

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The folks at Knudson Cove Marina in Ketchikan, Alaska, got front-row seats to an incredible spectacle: a humpback whale feeding just feet away from the dock.

This awesome footage was recorded by Captain Cy of Strike Zone Sportfishing.



According to Captain Cy, the whale had been feeding in the harbor for about three days. Here, it was feeding on herring. The fish tried to use the dock for cover, but the whale wasn’t deterred.

The harbor waters are approximately 60 feet deep—just deep enough for an adult humpback (typically 39-52 feet in length) to swim below its prey and attack from below.

The whale appeared to be using the bubble net hunting technique: one whale or a group of whales swim in a shrinking circle below a school of prey, blowing bubbles that essentially “trap” the fish in a bubble net. You can see the bubbles surfacing at about 19 seconds.

Very cool.



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