Incredibly rare 'megapod' of more than 100 humpback whales surrounds boat off coast of Australia

A “megapodof more than 100 humpback whales has been filmed surrounding a boat off the coast of Australiaan incredibly rare event an expert says has only ever been captured once before in the country’s waters.

The whales skirted the boat near Bermagui, 約 236 マイル (380 キロメートル) from Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, as they fed on a large bait balla tightly packed school of fish swimming in a spherical shape.
Simon Millar, owner of Sapphire Coastal Adventures, was leading a team training exercise with his staff when they spotted the whales on September 9. ビデオで, the whales can be seen slapping their tails in the ocean, trying to herd the fish.
    Millar said it was only the second time a mass aggregation of whalesknown as amegapod” — has ever been seen in Australian waters.
      It was incredible,” 彼はCNNに語った. “We saw the whales swimming all around the area. They were just everywhere. We were very lucky.
        The sight and sound was really something.
        Australia’s coastline comes alive with pods of whales every year between April and November as they swim north from the Antarctic, where they spend their summers feeding, to sub-tropical waters, where they mate and give birth, による Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.
          Their annual migration can cover up to 6,214 マイル (10,000 キロメートル), and attracts thousands of visitors to coastal towns like Byron Bay, Hervey Bay and Eden. The majority of humpbacks migrate back towards the Southern Ocean from September to November, 部門は言った.
          Millar said the whales he has seen this year have been feeding a lot more, possibly due to a shortage of food.
          We are depleting their food source in Antarctica by over fishing,” 彼は言った.
            David M. ベイカー, Associate Professor at the Swire Institute of Marine Science at the University of Hong Kong, said humans arecompeting with (whales) directly for food,” and we are changing where food is availableby altering the global climate.
            Global fisheries deplete the very things that whales eat, like schooling fish and krill and could severely undermine their recovery,” 彼は言った. “Climate change is also impairing recovery of some species, including critically endangered right whales in the North Atlantic.