Photo Credit: Robyn Malcolm/Zee News via Facebook
Talk about a lucky day. Robyn Malcolm, a photographer from Australia enjoyed a whale watching trip in New South Wales. While on her adventure, she told BuzzFeed that she took dozens of photos of various birds, seals, dolphins and whales that day. While she was going through them, she said she had to do a double-take after coming across an unusual shot. The astounding image imaged featured a seal hitching a ride on a humpback whale!
When asked how she managed to snag such an amazing shot, Malcolm explained, “I couldn’t tell you, to be honest. There was so much going on, so many different animals – birds, dolphins, all of it – I was just amazed.”
Well, if you were a seal and needed to get somewhere quickly, why not? Malcolm just happened to be in the right place at the right time with her camera. Humpbacks are baleen whales, which means they don’t have teeth – they use their baleen filter system to sift small fish and plankton and krill from the water. Impressively, they can eat up to 1,400 kg of food a day by herding prey into a small area and lunging through the middle with an open mouth. They don’t eat seals.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife expert Geoff Ross said that the behavior is incredibly rare, but not unheard-of. “The only other time was a seal trying to get away from a killer whale,” he said. “The seal hopped on the back of the pectoral fins of a humpback whale.”