Rare triple breach by humpback whales predicted by captain

Rare triple breach by humpback whales predicted by captain

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Rare triple breach by humpback whales predicted by captain

In a spectacular display you don’t see everyday, three humpback whales leaped out of the water almost simultaneously in a very rare triple breach caught on video and predicted by the captain.

It’s rare to see two whales breaching at once let alone three, but whale watchers aboard a boat from Ocean Explorations Zodiac Whale Cruises in Nova Scotia, Canada, were treated to the incredible sighting last month.

Ocean Explorations Zodiac Whale Cruises posted the video for the first time to Facebook on Friday and added it to YouTube on Monday.

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“These three whales were very peaceful beside us, after swimming/drifting over to us,” Capt. Tom Gordon, a biologist, wrote on Facebook. “Perhaps inspired by other whale(s) breaching not far away, that we could hear hitting the water, they ‘decided’ to go for it.”

In the video, you see the whales lying peacefully before forcefully submerging all at once, prompting Capt. Gordon to prepare his clients by excitedly telling them, “Get ready. Get ready, it’s going to be a triple breach!”

He said it three more times, and sure enough, 14 seconds after the humpback whales disappeared they reappeared in extraordinary fashion.

As longtime whale aficionado Pete Thomas wrote, “The passengers might be spoiled for life, because it rarely gets better than this.”

Photo of another whale breach courtesy of Ocean Explorations Zodiac Whale Cruises. Feature photo courtesy of Pete Thomas. 

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