Thanks to our locale in the middle of the ocean, I’ve seen this up close. Whales that jump out of the water. With apologies to Seinfeld, they’re real and they’re spectacular. Lauren Phillips:
These whales have been spotted breaching-or exposing large portions of their bodies above the water-year-round, in their winter breeding grounds, their summer feeding grounds, and while traveling between the two. Their breaching behavior while on the move caught the attention of a team of scientists in Australia, who wondered why-when breaching takes so much energy, and humpbacks rarely, if ever, eat while migrating-these giants would use their energy to jump unless it meant something.
So, what does it mean?
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.
They’re just making noise. For other whales. Maybe a second opinion would be worthwhile. Like Spock.