Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why
The world is ending and only the whales know. At least, that’s one explanation. Humpback whales are normally pretty solitary—scientists used to call groups of 10 to 20 “large.” Now they’re congregating in groups of 20 to 200 off the coast of South Africa. Something is definitely going on here, but so far experts are stumped.
In fact, Humpback whales aren’t supposed to be hanging out in that region in the first place. Humpbacks migrate up to tropical waters to breed, but they typically feed down south in the icy waters of Antarctica this time of year. Yet scientific expeditions keep seeing these super-pods (not to be confused with super PACs, which are equally giant but much more dangerous), which were finally compiled and published at the beginning of March in the journal PLOSone. The researchers have a few ideas about why the humpbacks are organizing, but no clear answers yet. So far the consensus seems to be: this is pretty freakin’ weird.HIP56948, WillyT, hypergrove and 14 othersroguevalley, Melissa G, bvar22, Herman4747, Iwalani88, hopemountain, 99thMonkey, jdpriestly, Tuesday, Cleita, Mom Cat, Dragon Turtle, Silver Witch, OzoneTom like this#CalExit #Trumpdoesn'tpaytaxeswhyshouldwe
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