Humpbacks bubblenet feeding

Discussion in 'Birds' started by SteveK, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. SteveK

    SteveK

    Mar 16, 2005
    Alaska
    We have seen groups of up to 15 whales cooperatively feeding for herring using bubblenets. The whales blow a net of bubbles around the herring, concentrating them into a tight group, then the whales surge up through the ball of herring with their mouths agape, taking in tons of herring. These groups are matriarchal in nature, with the matriarch (mother) being in the center of the group, and her offerspring around her.

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  2. davidzvi

    davidzvi

    Apr 30, 2005
    Massachusetts
    David
    I've seen 1 or 2 do this off Cape Cod, but nothing like this. Simply incredible.
     
  3. Wowwwwww, to be right there seeing it, instead of in front of the TV on the discovery channel. I've heard of bubblenetting and have seen shots from underwater to explain it, but have never seen the fury of the method shot from above! Didn't know humpbacks where matriarchal in nature. We still have so much to learn.

    Excellent shots, Steve!!! MORE!!!
     
  4. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Wow how wonderful to see, like Sandi said
     
  5. That's a jaw-dropper....I'm shaking my head at this one.
     
  6. and I thought I ate a lot of sushi

    Great pics
     
  7. snownow

    snownow

    627
    Jul 13, 2006
    so cal
    Wow, thanks for posting this one!
     
  8. These pics are just too cool!
     
  9. Lowolf

    Lowolf

    Jan 26, 2006
    Oregon
    amazing photos had to something to be there and witness it
     
  10. amazing!!
     
  11. JamesMor

    JamesMor

    325
    Jun 28, 2005
    New York
    Very nice shots...really good as a matter of fact. I saw something like this about 20 years ago on my first whale outting. LOL, no camera. I have never seen anything like it again. Very well captured!

    James
     
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