Australia Stunned tourists watch on as group of 50 killer whales hunt a migrating humpback near Sydney

20:56  12 july  2018
20:56  12 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Who knew synchronised swimming had a heavyweight division? Two whales leap from the ocean with perfect timing

  Who knew synchronised swimming had a heavyweight division? Two whales leap from the ocean with perfect timing Yorkshire-born wildlife photographer John Goodridge captured this incredible picture of two humpbacks frolicking just off Sydney Harbour. The extremely rare display is technically called ‘double breaching’ by whale-watchers, but bears an uncanny resemblance to the poses struck by Germany’s synchronised swimming duo at the Japan swimming championships earlier this year.

Humpback whales have a long history of interfering with killer whales ' hunting habits, but researchers still aren't exactly sure why they do it. Image 50 of 59.

WHALE WATCH : Tourists watch stunned as killer whales hunt , eat gray whale calves in Monterey Bay. That's when a group of 12 killer whales came trumpeting in, curious what the excitement was about.

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A group of 50 killer whales were spotted on Tuesday hunting humpback whales. 

The unusually large number of orcas were seen by a group of tourists on a tour boat about six nautical miles off Botany Bay, off the coast of Sydney.

'I've been whale watching up here since 2004 and I've never seen the killer whales so close to shore off Sydney before,' Go Whale Watching guide Simon Miller told 9 News.

a flock of seagulls are swimming in the water: A group of 50 killer whales were spotted off the coast of Sydney on Tuesday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A group of 50 killer whales were spotted off the coast of Sydney on Tuesday

'They are a type C killer whale and they're predominantly found in the Ross Sea down in Antarctica,' Mr Miller said.

Whale entangled in Sydney Harbour cut free during dramatic rescue operation

  Whale entangled in Sydney Harbour cut free during dramatic rescue operation The humpback whale, part of a pod of whales travelling through the harbour, was spotted north of Sydney Harbour on Tuesday afternoon dragging a buoy behind it. It was later confirmed that the whale was entangled in 100m of rope and a number of buoys. National Parks and Marine Rescue were called after a fisherman spotted the animal near Bundeena in Sydney's south.As of 2:00pm, the whale was just north of Sydney Heads. Authorities managed to free the whale about 2.20pm after working on the rescue for about an hour.

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In total, whale - watching groups saw about a dozen killer whales , 14 humpbacks , and more than 600 dolphins Sunday. HUNTING SEASON: Tourists watch stunned as killer whales hunt , eat gray whale calves.

Killer whales are a member of the dolphin family and are apex predators, often hunting seals, whales, and even sharks.

Humpback whales are in the middle of their annual migration north to warmer waters.

animal on the water: The humpback whales are in the midst of their annual migration north to warmer waters © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The humpback whales are in the midst of their annual migration north to warmer waters

'Killer whales can grow up to nine or ten metres in length and can be very powerful mammals (they) are not a common sighting off Sydney, the last killer whales were seen a few years ago,' marine researcher Vanessa Pirotta said.

Populations of killer whales are found in all oceans and most seas in the world.

They prefer coastal areas to the deep ocean, however, the mammals appearing in such great numbers so close to a major city is a rare sight. 

Endangered blue whale harpooned and killed by Icelandic whalers, Sea Shepherd says .
Icelandic whalers are shown clambering over the corpse of a gigantic whale harpooned in the North Atlantic, with Sea Shepherd claiming it's the first blue whale to be deliberately killed since 1978.International anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd claims the huge animal was killed by the Hvalur hf whaling company, which is licensed by Iceland's government to slaughter smaller fin whales.

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