Why Do Whales Jump Out Of The Water?

Most whale-watching tours go out in hopes of spotting a whale breaching—that's when they leap completely out of the water and crash down onto the surface. But although the behavior is well documented, scientists have struggled to understand why whales do it. But researchers studying a pod of humpback whales found an interesting pattern in when the whales breached, and it could clarify why the leaping behavior is so common.

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Written by Curiosity Staff May 2, 2017