Sunday 17 February 2019

See a Newborn Baby Humpback Whale Swim with Its Mom, Minutes After Being Born

By Brandon Specktor, Senior Writer | February 4, 2019 03:30pm ET
Humpback whales are born swimming, but they still need a little help from mama to find their sea legs. In an intimate new video posted by researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP), a very-very-fresh baby humpback experiences its first swimming lesson next to, behind and on top of its mama, which is still bleeding from her labor.
According to MMRP director Lars Bejder, who took the drone footage in January off the Maui coast, the condition of both mother and baby whale suggests that the little humpback was mere minutes old. [Photos: World's Cutest Baby Wild Animals]
"[Local tour operators] had just seen all this whitewater and commotion in the water and weren't quite sure what it was," Bejder said in a statementfrom UH. "Suddenly there was all this blood in the water, which made us go over there and that's what we discovered — a newborn calf."
As the baby whale takes its fist "steps," so to speak, you can see how its never-used fins and tail flukes wobble around in the water. Sometimes, Bejder noted, the mama humpback could be seen supporting the baby on its back as they moved through the water together. (That gives "humpback" a new meaning, eh?)

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