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The Rock-itt : November 2010
On Tuesday 28 September I had a day off work and seeing as the sun was out, the surf was flat and there was no wind I decided to go in search of some whales off Sydney. I’d never photographed whales so I had no idea how hard it was going to be. I guess I got lucky in the end as I have heard many stories of people going out in search of whales and not seeing any at all. A guy on his kayak paddled past at exactly the right moment as a huge adult humpback breached right behind him. This gives you some idea of the size of these animals but you have to see it for yourself to really see how big they are. Typically Humpback whales migrate up to 15,500 miles every year. Each summer they travel from their feeding grounds at the South Pole in order to breed and give birth in warmer waters. Researchers are not certain why whales breach and numerous theories have been put forward to explain the behaviour. Normally, during the dramatic leaps 90% of their body leaves the water, before they twist in mid air in order to land on their back or side. In order to propel their vast weight such a distance Humpbacks need to leave the water at a speed of eight metres per second or 29 km/h. I highly recommend you get out there and see this for yourself!