If you are interested in the newest and trendiest transportation system in Australia, we proudly present you humpback whale riding. Humans have yet to try it, but this seal rides the whale like a boss and it looks like it is having the time of its life as well. It is only a matter of time before she calls her friend seals and family seals so that they can all ride in style.
The seal was actually very brave to try this daring move. Whales from the area were gathering for a great feast, so he decided to join in on another whale’s back. We assume he did not ask politely and he jumped right into, or onto, action. And the whale he was riding did not seem to mind in any way.
Roby Malcom, the Australian photographer who managed to get a great view of the seal and his giant ride, said that all animals were feeding on bait fish while he managed to take the picture.
Malcolm tried to explain the moment in his own words, but such an extraordinary even is not exactly easy to reveal to the world in simple words. “We’d seen some amazing whales coming out of the water, everything was happening so quickly”. His shot was quite a lucky one: he mentioned that he realized he caught the seal after he was checking through his photos.
Geoff Ross, an NSW National Parks and Wildlife whale expert also mentioned that this new riding team was totally “uncommon”, but it is not unheard of. Ross recalled having seen a seal ride a humpback whale before so that it would escape a killer whale. So even if these team-ups are a rare sight, could they possibly reveal a humpback whale’s “helping side?
The entire context was not uncommon, though. Ross commented that what Malcom saw was a so-called feeding frenzy. Whales practically force fish to enter tight spots, making it difficult for them to escape and easy for the whale to feed. And any activity that involves massive fish-catching is heaven on earth for any hungry seal.
The year of 2015 has revealed a multitude of “awkward” animal encounters. A picture taken in March this year showed the world a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker (but it was alter discovered that the weasel was a threat to the poor woodpecker). Also, a raccoon was spotted riding on an alligator in June.
Photo Credits smh.com.au