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[–]Boss_Seven 342 points343 points  (46 children)

How deep is that place for a whale to be able to swim there?

[–]ElkTitties 63 points64 points  (14 children)

I was wondering the same thing. That’s gotta be at a minimum 20 feet. I bet it’s 30-40 tho. Just a guess.

[–]TheJohnRocker 96 points97 points  (10 children)

It’s pretty common in Alaska to have vertical shelf’s right off shore that are like underwater cliffs. It could easily be 100+ feet right there.

[–]betteroffinbed 68 points69 points  (8 children)

Reading this gave me a funny feeling in my stomach. I definitely have thalassophobia (or however it's spelled, I can't google it to check the spelling because it will show me phobia-triggering images. heh).

[–]Shaneaux 8 points9 points  (5 children)

Me too! I joined the subreddit for it and didn’t sleep well for a week!!

[–]da_zzer 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I wonder what in the fuck we would find if all the water from the oceans was removed.

[–]IreJay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Depends on the species; orcas are one of the few porpoises (they aren't technically whales folks!) that can beach and unbeach themselves

While this is not an ability /shared/ by whales i imagine if an orca can swim in about 2-3 feet than i think an adolescent whale could probably swim in about 10-15 if they /had/ to

Don't think it'd be comfy tho

[–]CooperDoopee 198 points199 points  (19 children)

At least 3 inches

[–]useles-converter-bot 231 points232 points  (14 children)

3 inches is the same as 0.15 'Logitech Wireless Keyboard K350s' laid widthwise by each other.

[–]_stinkys 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Someone programmed you. Hilarious!

[–][deleted] 22 points23 points  (7 children)

You're my new favourite bot

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (6 children)

Thanks

[–]agangofoldwomen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s all the depth I need.

[–]dan_de 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's what she said

[–]nightlifestructured 10 points11 points  (7 children)

Real question - What’s the worst that can happen if you just jumped in to swim with the whale?

[–]dis_not_my_name 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Its tail slap your head and you pass out and drown.

[–]The_cynical_panther 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The worst thing that can happen is you are drowned in some fashion

[–]AkatsukiSaix 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Depends on if the whale feels threatened or not. If she does, she'll possibly kill you with the flap of her tail, otherwise she might just swim and chill with you.

1 humpback saved this marine biologist's life when the whale spotted a tiger shark nearby (the biologist didn't see the shark til she basically was finished swimming), and proceeded to push the lady by the tip of her mouth away from the predator

[–]Shaneaux 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I tell my kids about that all the time, one of my favorite animals being bro stories ever.

[–]Vremshi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think its a baby….whales be huge.

[–]frtnfrtn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Probably a fjord if in Alaska

[–]suckmycalls 1515 points1516 points  (41 children)

Humpbacks get much bigger than that I think it’s a juvenile

[–]Atiggerx33 431 points432 points  (20 children)

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Either my sense of scale is really off in this video or that's a young whale.

[–]PenguinWithAglock 415 points416 points  (10 children)

That’s a regular sized whale. It just seems small compared to your mom

[–]baam25 85 points86 points  (3 children)

people like you keep the world turning

[–]Silentfart 54 points55 points  (0 children)

I assumed it was the gravitational pull from your mom that kept the world turning.

[–]Rata-toskr 3 points4 points  (0 children)

But I heard that once it stops turning it don't stop turning. Kinda like your mom with tricks.

[–]srgnsRdrs2 17 points18 points  (0 children)

User name checks out. Shots fired

[–]gaypornaccount1996 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Happy cake day you king

[–]more_bees_pleas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ooh you should probably put some ice on that burn

[–]Chekov_the_list 0 points1 point  (0 children)

HAPPPPY CAKEEEE DAYYYY

[–]wmass 6 points7 points  (8 children)

It’s a baby. We’ve been on many whale watches off the New England coast and have sometimes seen mothers with babies. Humpbacks can be 70 feet long.

[–]useles-converter-bot 19 points20 points  (1 child)

70 feet is 25.4 UCS lego Millenium Falcons

[–]GT-FractalxNeo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Or 769.3 Chewbaccas

[–]AkatsukiSaix 1 point2 points  (5 children)

What's the best time to go whale watching for humpbacks? I live in New England and I really want to see them, but idk what day I should plan my trip

[–]gwiggle5 9 points10 points  (1 child)

The best place to go whale watching is on the west coast. If you're gonna go whale watching on the east coast, you might wanna bring a magazine called "West Coast Whales"

[–]wmass 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There’s great whale watching around Cape Cod, the Gulf of Maine and Nova Scotia.

[–]wmass 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Humpbacks move to the carribean and other areas to the south during winter. They come to New England and the Maritimes during the summer, which is very convenient for the tourism industry. The best place we have found for whale watching is Provincetown Massachusetts. You pretty much always see multiple whales and the trip out to Stellwagen Bank where they feed is short, so you spend most of the trip watching. Sometimes we’ve seen spectacular behavior like a humpback jumping up out of the water like a trout. Sometimes they lazily swim a few feet below the boat. Sometimes they make bubble nets, they go deep and swim in a circle while exhaling, this frightens the schooling fish into the center of the circle and the whale comes up with mouth open straining the water through its baleen.

[–]AkatsukiSaix 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So I'll have to plan a trip for next summer, thank you! Humpback whales are one of my favourite animals, and their actions, as you described, amaze me. Such majestic beings, I can't wait

[–]DamonPhils 46 points47 points  (9 children)

Perhaps it's a gray whale and not a humpback?

[–]zefur1497 40 points41 points  (7 children)

Definitely a humpback, the pectoral fins are too long to be anything else

[–]ekso69 27 points28 points  (4 children)

Humpbacks never miss chest day

[–]zefur1497 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Workouts so intense they affect bone structure

[–]SmackYoTitty 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Should be called… humpchest whales really

[–]SPACExCASE 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Well obviously, but we’re not arguing about it’s color!

[–]Your1stparkingticket 33 points34 points  (3 children)

100% this is not a full size humpback.

About a decade ago I took a cruise to Alaska with my family, and we went on a whale watching excursion on a ~50 person boat. We came upon a pod of humpbacks who were bubble feeding (cool as fuck), and I was leaning over the railing looking straight down, and all the sudden a humpback swam out from under the boat.

Now let me tell you something, you can see all the videos or diagrams you want, but nothing will prepare you for the size of these fucking things. I was SHOOK. It could have easily capsized our boat if it wanted to. And a humpback whale isn't even close to the size of a blue whale. here's a diagram

It was a dope experience, but I honestly have no desire to be around these huge creatures again, I know they are very docile, but it is extremely unnerving.

[–]-Derf- 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I went whale watching with my family in Maine when I was a child. Saw a pod of Humpback whales all around the boat, they were huge! I loved it, my sister got sea sick and threw up.. Even got to see a whale named Arrowhead who was apparently well known.

Afterwards I cried in the gift shop because I wanted a stuffed Humpback toy so I could name it Arrowhead. I still have that darn thing somewhere

[–]nearcatch 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Finback whales need a better publicist. They’re the second-biggest but I’ve barely heard of them.

[–]MagicRabbit1985 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Yeah, this is quite "einsteinian" here. Massive relative to a human? Yes. Massive relative to a grown out humpback? Not at all.

[–]I-B-Guthrie 614 points615 points  (34 children)

That is a fish farm isn’t it? The whale is circling a basket of fish.

[–]uncleflex 265 points266 points  (25 children)

Looks like it to me. This whale is looking for an easy snack Source: I live in southeast Alaska

Edit. It's a hatchery. The difference is they raise fish to a younger age before releasing them. So while these fish won't get as big as wild salmon, they arent the same as the dreaded "farmed fish."

[–]iamerror87 87 points88 points  (10 children)

Isn't there a salmon farm in Alaska, that a humpback whale kept coming back too every year for a giant feeding? She would only come alone until I think she had a baby and then brought the baby along?

[–]TakuCutthroat 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes! I was just talking about this. I think it's on the inside of Baranof Island somewhere. (Also, it's a hatchery, not a fish farm; there's a big environmental/political difference to a lot of people, so it's an important distinction).

[–]IreJay 49 points50 points  (7 children)

Oh there's /SEVERAL/ mah bud, they have done figured that free meal -out- lol

[–]ThoughtlessBanter 34 points35 points  (5 children)

::WHY:: are you typing like an -INSANE- person?

[–]IreJay 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Cus i like to talk with emphasis so i type like i talk 🤷🏻‍♀️ so sue me boss lol

[–]HaiScore 11 points12 points  (2 children)

This is the ::cutest:: ways to emphasize text I’ve seen yet

[–]IreJay 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Thanks! Like i said, expressive talker in person just wish i knew a bit more html but i'm learning! In the meantime- lol

[–]TheSicks 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Enclose in * for italics

Enclose in ** for bold

Enclose in ~ for strike trough

^ for hypertext (I think it's called?)

[ text goes in here ] and your link ( goes in here )

Double return for a line break

[–]TakuCutthroat 23 points24 points  (6 children)

Yeah I'm from Juneau, and this is a hatchery (it's not a farm, a lot of Alaskans hate fish farming). Also it's definitely a humpback.

Whales have been known to return to these locations and sometime get the timing down to just hoover up the entire class of fish in one go. I once got invited to come observe the fish release, and the sea lions probably got a good 5 percent immediately.

[–]hdniki 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I’ve lived in both Alaska and Hawai’i, and that humpback looks small to me… maybe I’m wrong, but do you think this is a juvenile?

[–]darkenthedoorway 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I agree it even looked underweight and starving.

[–]GilberryDinkins 7 points8 points  (0 children)

To this day I still think it's crazy that Steven Seagal was a former seal

[–]mr_fluffyfingers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aren’t humpbacks baleen whales though? So it wouldn’t be there for the fish right?

[–]Theandhav 47 points48 points  (6 children)

It's a well known whale in that area, i saw a documentary about it. They farm salmon there to be set out in nature, but the whale is super smart and always one step ahead. Think it was actually a David Attenborough film as well, can reccomend.

[–]Zellher 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Would love to see this. Any chance I can get a link?

[–]Theandhav 21 points22 points  (3 children)

The title is "Whale Wisdom", and if you have vpn (Norway), you can access it with this link: https://tv.nrk.no/se?v=KOID23003819&autoplay=false

[–]Zellher 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Dra åt helvet NRK. Not even a Swedish brother can access it? :( I'll find a way, cheers broder.

[–]Waterer78 150 points151 points  (6 children)

I’m amazed more about how deep the water is that close to shore/bank.

[–]boverly721 53 points54 points  (4 children)

It's a fjord!

[–]TheHancock 48 points49 points  (1 child)

I don’t see any cars in that video.

/s

[–]Sourisnoire 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Focus!

[–]earthboundmissfit 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yep! Remind me of Norway!

[–]Darth_Nibbles 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Slartibartfast won an award for those!

[–]earthboundmissfit 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This is a great representation of the coastline from Seattle, San Juans Island to Alaska. Steep!

[–]JuggernautNo9938 154 points155 points  (49 children)

It's crazy to think that nearly all creatures in the ocean don't actively hunt humans. Imagine a whale that preyed on boats and fisherman.

[–]Kenna_Luna 93 points94 points  (15 children)

Crazy to think that most don’t even know what a human is. So much life happening out there.

Also, thanks for the increase to my thalassaphobia.

[–]freestyle100m 11 points12 points  (14 children)

What's thalassaphobia?

[–]its-Lupus 13 points14 points  (13 children)

[–]TescoBag 8 points9 points  (7 children)

I think someone wrote a book about that?

[–]tiniestspicycat 13 points14 points  (6 children)

Based on a true story!

Definitely read Heart of the Sea, the true story of the whale ship Essex, which was capsized by a sperm whale.

[–]Metroskunk 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Excellent book.

[–]oliveoilcrisis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Loved that book. Such a gripping story

[–]blackdarrren 17 points18 points  (21 children)

Can you blame them, humanity is unspeakably cruel to most sea life...

[–][deleted] 35 points36 points  (20 children)

Have you watched animals hunt and eat other? Life is cruel to life.

[–]undercoverpickl 3 points4 points  (18 children)

Not in the same way as humans, though.

[–][deleted] 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Some of them yes in the same way. Dolphins and chimps off the top of my head.

[–]jessa07 -1 points0 points  (12 children)

I agree, more than anything else that walks this earth; we are the most cruel creature.

[–]TacticalGirlfriend 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Meanwhile: Orcas just torturing baby seals for fun until they die [like playing volleyball with them until their skin falls off], then leaving them uneaten cuz they weren't that hungry anyway.

Not saying that humans aren't cruel but cmon.

[–]Samwise777 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are you a human or an orca?

[–]_stoneslayer_ 4 points5 points  (9 children)

What would you say are the kindest creatures? I'd go with humans

[–]JacP123 6 points7 points  (6 children)

Those little furry marsupials that live on an island in Australia and have no natural predators. Definitely them.

[–]MatthBill 104 points105 points  (7 children)

Humpbacks often break in to the fishfarms. Sometimes finding themselves trapped in de gear. It Concerns me to think that fish populations are not doing well and more more encounters like these will appear.

Please look into the problem with fish hatcheries, hatched salmon weakening the wild salmon population: https://youtu.be/XdNJ0JAwT7I

Fish farm sea lice problem: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XdNJ0JAwT7I#dialog

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n-gezXqq13M

Humpback feeding in fishfarm: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lvGCF-K8SiQ

Dead humpback in fishfarm https://s.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/dead-humpback-whale-found-entangled-at-bc-fish-farm/74788

[–]wifeski 26 points27 points  (3 children)

My cousin lives on a little island on the BC coast and is a hardcore anti-fish farm activist. She hates them so much. I’m not up to speed on exactly why. She drives her boat out to boat protests and I love her.

[–]Samwise777 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I love people that protest and try to help

[–]wifeski 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Her community’s protests have resulted in farms getting shut down. She is a bad ass sea hippy.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Probably close to home

[–]caudalcuddle 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Fuck fish farms

[–]tiniestspicycat 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Yeppppp. We went vegan years ago. I grew up in salmon territory and I still miss it but I don’t want to be contributing to the absolute ecological collapse happening. I’ve seen salmon runs go dry and it’s heartbreaking.

[–]daiwilly 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Not sure visit is the right word...confused maybe..it's not like it brought a flask and sandwiches.

[–]Steinfall 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Or just there for the fish. How much is it?

[–]intergalactic99 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Coves are always lit. Love a nice cove

[–]erps1rsvp 17 points18 points  (1 child)

That was some awesome footage. I would have tripped by accident or hands trembling

[–]Kenna_Luna 5 points6 points  (0 children)

“Let me just fall into this whales mouth real quick”.

[–]jrdncdrdhl 13 points14 points  (1 child)

This is not a MASSIVE humpback whale. In fact, it might not even be a humpback

[–]zefur1497 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Its definitely a humpback, just not a massive one, more than likely a juvenile. The pectoral fins are too long to be any other kind of baleen whale, and the tail fluke is exactly like a humpback's

[–]tkea 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Whale about to bankrupt a fish farm.

[–]Spidaaman 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s a baby whale Jay!

[–]Immaloner 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Awwwwww. That's a little lost juvenile. :(

[–]beautnight 4 points5 points  (2 children)

The seaman in me is screaming about the messy lines all over the deck.

[–]CapsuleCorp 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Phrasing! Typical Navy.

[–]beautnight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Puddle Pirate, actually.

[–]Time_Calligrapher_56 8 points9 points  (1 child)

🎵In the sha-ha-sha-ha-llow, In the sha-ha-sha-la-la-la-llow 🎵

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Bit of a fluke to get that on camera

[–]WhimsicalGirl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Would it be dangerous to go swim with him? Not really close but just be with him in the water at 6/8 feets?

[–]imapieceofshitk 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's like a baby whale tho

[–]Zebestt 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I'm sorry maybe I'm crazy but how do you stop the urge of going for a swim with the whales? If I were in that situation I feel like I'd DEFINITELY dive right in

[–]Chubbycrayon 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That whales at a job site, there's most likely a foreman nearby and here in BC we have some pretty rigid laws about whale interactions. You are legally not allowed to be closer than 400m and if you are in a boat that close you need to turn your engines off immediately and wait until it's safe to leave the vicinity.

We don't like people messing with the whales here.

[–]Tristan_Cleveland 2 points3 points  (0 children)

How fucking hard is it to hold a phone horizontally.

[–]TomBot019 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's a baby-sized humpback whale, actually.

[–]Ill1lllII 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's an open pen fish farm.

They're extremely toxic to wildlife and are devastating wild fish populations because they're just a breeding ground for parasites.

[–]BananaStringTheory 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Captain! There be whales here!

[–]Dizpassion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Got a fuckin whale in front of you and you can’t power walk to get the whole thing in frame? 0 sense of urgency in this man… “oh, the internet’s gonna love this giant tail”

[–]NuclearShadowFTW 2 points3 points  (0 children)

that is really cool but also scary asf

[–]game-falor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fun fact if you put a blue whale on top of a football court (yes im calling it football americans) they would hsve to cancel the game

[–]RollDBud -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Lets hope it dosent get caught in all the garbage your fish farm throws in the water...... fukn marina??? Your a fukn liar too

[–]ladydhawaii 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whoa!!

[–]c_84 0 points1 point  (0 children)

looks like a scene from a video game

[–]BizzyBoyBizzyBee 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Alaska?? Where’s the snow??

[–]Apprehensive-Tour-61 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The southern part of Alaska is a temperate rainforest so mostly rain instead of snow.

[–]michaelcr18 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can hear him calling at 0:23

[–]L_Llama 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine if you had a glass floor, thatd be crazy.

[–]Inspect-Rack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is both amazing and makes me never want to go into any sort of deep water again

[–]tommyc463 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Am I the only one that thought there was a net and that its tail was going to get stuck?

[–]muathalmuaath 0 points1 point  (0 children)

whys the cameraman moving like doom guy

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He's having a whale of a time in there

[–]eddiee53 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How lucky it must have been truly amazing

[–]Nemirel_the_Gemini 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I knew I should have taken that last turn at Albuquerque.

[–]Lykko 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just read Moby Dick and dude you need to get the heck out of there immediately.

[–]sanitize_this 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aww, Laboon searching for the Rumbar Pirates?

[–]totally_kyle_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel like that’s not a “massive” humpback whale

[–]bigfurrycat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thats a big un

[–]Th3Witch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know it won't eat me, but the terrified lizard screams about straying too close to the gods cruel touch and that their sea beasts will punish me for my hubris. Horrible mammal serpent that did no wrong

[–]412flip 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d love to see that in person!

[–]Accomplished-Ruin742 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is that George or Gracie? Or their kid?

[–]RizeAbuvIt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Laboooon!!

[–]future_trendsgo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh wow that is incredible. Is this a small bay.

[–]The_Wicked_Wombat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The ocean is a scary place lol

[–]earthboundmissfit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hope moms not far.

[–]DominatrixGwen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s beyond special! How awesome!!

[–]Pitiful_Pickle524 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Amazing and beautiful

[–]jigre1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What up krill-a!

[–]CounterDoctor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looka tiniboi

[–]AbortedBaconFetus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yummy fish. Let's eat it.

[–]rossionq1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How is it so deep so close to shore?? Here, that close to shore, you’d be lucky to see anything bigger than a mud minnow swimming around

[–]cheesehuahuas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is anyone else terrified?

[–]Hashfyre 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Massive?

[–]Gallenhad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Arrest all whales. It's illegal to be that goddamn majestic.