Rare Footage Captures Playful Dolphin Pod Surfing With A Humpback Whale
Humpback whales are normally just passing visitors in the waters off of Southern California, stopping by to feed as they migrate to breeding grounds in the south. But for the last nine weeks or so, a lone humpback named Gooseneck has evidently decided to stay - though despite being apart from his kind, the whale has been far from alone.
A drone launched by Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari, a whale-watching operator in Dana Point, Calif., recently captured some remarkable footage of the region's only "resident" humpback gallivanting with some of the locals: a pod of playful dolphins. The smaller animals can be seen enjoying a surf session with their larger counterpart, leaping along in the wave he forms while he swims.
"Dolphins often ride the front of boats like this and catch a free ride," writes Capt. Dave Anderson in a release. "But this ‘whale surfing' is only rarely seen and as far as we know has never been filmed with a drone before."
"I don't think we have had a whale of any species that has been seen this many times for this long! And we see a lot of whales we have year round watching and regularly see blue whales, gray whales, fin whales and minke whales at different times of year," Captain Dave says, adding that he hopes the whale stays through the winter.
"This humpback is quickly becoming our first resident whale and we are thrilled at the prospect!"