New footage shows humpback whales herding shoals of fish into their mouths using their pectoral fins.

Marine biologists recorded the feeding behaviour for the first time off the coast of Alaska, where the whales lurk around salmon hatcheries that release juvenile fish into the sea. Humpbacks are known to corral fish into shoals by surrounding them in streams of bubbles released from their blowholes, but the new footage shows some whales have taken their foraging methods to another level.

  • Research was conducted under NOAA permits #14122 and #1852

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