Monday, July 29, 2013

More Whales, More Tales

Last week, two divers in southern California almost became lunch when two humpback whales surfaced right beside them while hunting sardines.
Shawn Stamback and his diving partner, Francis Antigua, were swimming near their boat on hoping to hear the whales sing when they suddenly found themselves surrounded by sardines. Stamback said, as quoted by CTV News, "Before we know it, there’s all these bait fish just coming straight up in your face. The first thing that came to mind was, ‘Oh, there's a predator down there chasing them.' All of a sudden (the sardines) just rushed all to the surface and two humpback whales go right behind them, chasing them all the way to the surface."
The two divers barely escaped being swallowed.

And if you think that was spectacular, check out this series of photos by Christopher Swann. After a two-hour battle in the waters of Mexico, an orca jumps high into the air to deliver the final blow to a dolphin. Spolier Warning: it doesn't end well for the dolphin.

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