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What does it mean when a whale breaches?

Breaching occurs when a whale picks up speed near the water and then lifts its body and leaps out of the water exposing up to 90% of its body above the surface. During breaching the whale may land on its side or back, which often creates a huge splash upon landing.

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Considering this, why do whales breach and tail slap?

Humpback whales regularly leap out of the water and twist on to their backs – an action known as breaching – and slap their tails and fins in a repetitive fashion. The resulting sounds travel underwater and could possibly communicate messages to other whales.

Likewise, why do whales jump out of water? You've just seen a humpback whale breaching. By leaping into the air or slapping the water with their fins, whales make major noise—noise that helps them communicate across large distances when background sounds from the weather, boats in the area, or other sources might block out their vocal noises.

In this way, what is breaching in whales?

Breaching. Breaching is a form of surfacing behaviour where most or all of the whale's body leaves the water. Many species do this, but some, such as humpbacks, seem to breach more frequently. There are many theories as to why whales do this: to communicate, attract other whales, or warn off other males.

How high can a whale breach?

Humpback whales are probably the most acrobatic of the whales jumping or breaching out of the water about the length of their bodies, so about 45-50 feet.

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