Humpback Whales Swim Under Stunning Northern Lights

Posted: Oct 12 2015, 4:10am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 12 2015, 10:32pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Humpback Whales Swim Under Stunning Northern Lights
Credit: Harald Albrigtsen

The amazing video shows a group of humpback whales moving about in the Northern Lights.

A spectacular scene created when a group of humpback whales leaped and swam through the waters off the coast of Norway under the stunning Northern lights.

A photographer from Norwegian Public Broadcasting (NRK) Harald Albrigtsen captured the incredible scene off the coast of Kvaloya, near the city of Tromso. The coast has given the name Kvaloya means “Whale Island” and it appears to be a fitting name for the coast because many whales have been spotted on the site for playing, feeding, bathing and much more.

The scene became even more spectacular due to the dazzling display of the Northern lights. Northern lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are an astronomical phenomenon which appear when electrically charged particles released from the Sun enters the Earth’s atmosphere.

Photographer Albrigtsen was testing out his equipment when he noticed a group of five to six whales playing under the glimmering green sky for two back to back nights and eventually filmed it.

“I suddenly came across a group of humpback whales that were playing in the Northern Lights. I went back the next day to see if I could come closer. After a few hours I had almost given up, but then they showed up again,” said Albrigtsen.

“Catching whales adventures and northern lights adventure simultaneously is a dream for many.”

Apart from the beauty, the captured moments also signifies the return of humpbacks in Norwegian waters. Humpback whales are mostly found in Western Atlantic Ocean off Canada, U.S. and Caribbean.

“It’s a new phenomenon from them to be coming here to Tromso. This is occurring to an extent which no living person has ever witnessed. It gives us a unique opportunity to chart the otherwise little known north-eastern stock of North Atlantic Humpback whales.” Fredrik Broms, a local nature researcher and photographer told a magazine earlier this year.

The worldwide population of humpback whale is at least 80,000 down from pre whaling population of 125, 000. In 2008, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) changed its status from “vulnerable” to “Least Concern” with extinction.

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