Watch a Group of Humpback Whales Bubble Feed from Birdseye View
by Owen James Burke
Screenshot from AkXpro Productions
Drones, drones, drones. We know, but every so often someone captures something new with them. AkXpro Productions posted this footage to vimeo last month after it was captured off Alaska, where humpback whales gorge themselves on herring using a technique known to humans as “bubble feeding,” in which they dive below a shoal of fish and spill their lungs in order to produce millions of tiny bubbles, which look like those that come from an aerator pump. Collectively, if the group produces enough of a pattern and manages to encircle the fish, they become confused, and more susceptible to ambush. The whales then synchronistically spring for the heavens — mouths agape — and collect handsomely.
Watch the drone footage here: