Seal Riding On The Back Of A Whale Photo Goes Viral

Posted: Sep 19 2015, 3:46pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Seal Riding on the Back of a Whale Photo Goes Viral
his seal hitched a ride on the back of a humpback whale. Photo Credit: Robyn Malcolm/Diimex.com via SMH
  • Photographer captures a surprising shot of a seal riding on a whale’s back.

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Photographer accidentally captured a seal riding on a whale’s back while whale watching near Eden, New South Wales.

Photographer Robyn Malcolm, was whale watching near Eden, New South Wales. The time during September-October is prime whale-watching season in Eden and Narooma. The spots are often an upwelling of humpbacks feeding and resting as they make their way back to Antarctica.

Malcolm reported that she was interested in photographing the humpback whales feeding in a bubble. It is often an eating pattern among whales. The photographs featured about half a dozen whales engaged in bubble feeding. Bubble feeding is a unique behavior. The whale force the fish into tight balls.

Malcolm was happy with her day’s catch. She went home and sifted through her photos. Among them she found a very unique photo. Even more unique then the bubble feeding whales. One of her photographs featured a seal sitting on a humpback whale. The fur seal was actually riding the whale as it went.

"We'd seen some amazing whales coming out of the water, everything was happening so quickly. And it was when I went back through the photos that I realised I had actually captured the seal on top of the whale," Robyn Malcolm told SMH.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife whale expert Geoff Ross commented that such a combination was very rare to see. Though not completely unheard of. The expert said that the photographers said that the whales were bubble feeding which meant abundance of fish available to hunt.

And whenever there is a chance to feed, one is most probable to find seals there. Another phenomenon that has occurred between these two species is seals fleeing persecution from killer whales by riding on the pectoral fins of the other whale. The whale itself seemed unaware of the little fellow animal riding it.

Malcolm shared the photos with several media sources. She said that people might question the authenticity of the photos. She will not be entertaining those. She did not use Photoshop, she does not know how to use Photoshop. She still has the photo on her camera to prove to anyone that the shot she took was authentic.

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