Tail time

Humpback whales, Gold Coast Australia 

A mother Humpback whale teaches her baby how to tail slap, a behaviour known as lobtailing. Whilst lobtailing is often done in play, it is also for communication, cooling down or driving away predators or unwelcome suitors.

However on this occasion it serves a much higher purpose. This young calf is perhaps only a month or two old and does not yet have full strength in its pectoral fins or tail. So while it seems like a fun game for this youngster, this behaviour will help strengthen its swimming ability.

And it will need to be at full strength quickly, because unknown to bubba, they are about to undertake a three month journey to reach the feeding grounds of Antarctica.

SKU GC0923