Incredible Footage Shows Whale Calf Twirling in Waters off California

Spectacular drone footage captured a blue whale calf with its mother, gracefully twirling and breaching the water’s surface near Dana Point, California.

Footage captured by Capt Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari shows the calf poking its head above the water, or spyhopping.

Spyhopping occurs when the whale is “holding itself vertically in the water and kicking with its tail fluke in order to hold its head above the water line,” according to the Dolphin Communication Project.

Capt Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching wrote that the “blue whale calf was so energetic and playful. It breached and spyhopped, as well as mugged our boat multiple times!!” on their Facebook page

“It’s very exciting and special to see endangered blue whales since there are so few of them left. Eastern North Pacific blues found off California are estimated to be about 1,500 animals,” the company wrote in another caption. Credit: Capt. Dave’s Whale Watching via Storyful

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- Oh my goodness.

- This must be the best experience of my life.


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