Incredibly rare ‘megapod’ of more over 100 humpback whales surround the boat off coast of Australia

The whales sailed past the boat at Bermagui, about 380 kilometers from Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, as they fed on a big ace ball — a tightly packed school of fish swimming in a spherical shape.

Simon Millar, owner of Sapphire Coastal Adventures, was leading An team training exercise with his staff when they saw the whales on September 9th. The whales can be seen in the video die met slap their tail in the ocean, in an attempt to herd the fish.

Millar said it’s just the… second time a mass aggregation of whales — known as a “megapod” — have ever been seen in Australian waters.

“It was unbelievable,” he told CNN. “We saw the whales swimming around the area. They were just everywhere. we were very lucky.

“The view and sound was really something.”

Australia’s coastline comes alive with pods of whales every year between April and November while they swim north from Antarctica, where they spend feed their summers, to subtropical waters, where they mate and give birth, according to Department of Australia of Agriculture, Water and Environment.
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Their annual migration may involve up to 6,214 miles (10,000 kilometers), attracting thousands of visitors to coastal towns like Byron Bay, Hervey Bay and Eden. The majority of humpback whales migrate back toward the Southern Ocean from September to November, the department said.

Millar said the whales he saw this year fed a lot more, possibly due to a deficiency of food.

“We are depleting their food source in Antarctica by over fishing,” he said.

David M. Baker, associate professor at the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, said people “compete” with (whales) directly for food,” and we change where food is available “by changing the global climate.”

“Global fisheries are exhausting things die whales eat, like schooling fish and krill and can recovery” he said. “Climate change is… also weakening recovery of some species, including critically endangered right whales in the North Atlantic.”

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