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Mind-Blowing Crittercam Video – Humpback Calf Nursing Underwater and Watching Mother Group Bubble-Net

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Crittercam video screen grab showing humpback calf nursing underwater.  Calf’s baleen does not allow for there to be suction. Screen grab from Birgit Buhleier’s presentation.

Update December 19, 2012: The video has been pulled from YouTube. Explanation from D.Gold who posted it there: “Note to The Marine Detective and readers: Sorry to say, I removed this video from my youtube account today. I received a request. National Geographic has plans for broadcasting the footage. A scientist and producer asked that I take the youtube down for now. The quality will be much better when you see it on their channel anyway. I think they picked up on this getting a fair amount of attention thru this website and the social media in the past week. The reason I posted the video is expressed perfectly by the Marine Detective’s blog post, “Mind-Blowing Crittercam Video – Humpback Calf Nursing Underwater and Watching Mother Group Bubble-Net”.  . . I feel much the same as you do  . . .. I wanted to share the education of this presentation on my channel, but alas, this particular youtube will not be available. Keep searching and hopefully Nat Geo will show “The most goose-bump inducing, mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, consciousness-raising” footage.: “

The most goose-bump inducing, mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, consciousness-raising video I have ever seen I viewed in October 2009 in Quebec at the 18th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, and I have been waiting for it to appear on-line ever since.

Today, I found it and think it will have the same impact on you.

The quality of the video is not ideal as it is the result of someone filming the original footage but – it will do!

What you will see, starting at time-stamp 2:50 is the result of Dr.Fred Sharpe’s research team having, rather randomly, put a Crittercam (camera on a suction cup) on a humpback whale calf in Alaska.

Video screen grab of calf with Crittercam watching mother and 11 other adult humpbacks cooperative bubble-net feeding.

Crittercam video screen grab of calf watching his mother and 11 other adult humpbacks cooperative bubble-net feeding.

In 6 minutes of video, the 6 to 7 month-old calf “gifts” the world with the following:

  • Footage of him nursing underwater which reveals how synchronized this is, with mother tapping her calf with her tail seemingly to signal “and stop now”.  You will even see the calf burp and, with streams of milk streaming past the calf, you will gain an understanding of how rich and copious the milk must be to support the incredible growth rate of baleen babies.
  • Then, at timestamp 5:48, you’ll see what caused the large international crowd of marine mammal scientists to collectively gasp when Fred Sharp shared this with us in 2009. The calf settles down at the ocean bottom at around 150 ‘ (46 m) and watches specter-like shapes rise to the surface  . . . adult humpback whales, including mom, cooperative bubble-net feeding.

Only 6 minutes of video – such depth revealed.

The presentation that has been filmed was given by Birgit Buhleier, National Geographic’s naturalist and underwater video producer) aboard the National Geographic vessel “Sea Lion” in SE Alaska this past summer.

Please if you find the footage somewhere else, let me know!  What triggered my looking for it again today was someone describing what may be this footage as part of something on “The Knowledge Network” on December 8th. 

Enjoy!

 

Time stamp: 2:50 – Humpback calf nursing underwater; 5:48 calf watching mother group bubble net-feeding

8 Responses to “Mind-Blowing Crittercam Video – Humpback Calf Nursing Underwater and Watching Mother Group Bubble-Net”

  1. Kathy Lightheart

    WOW…that was awesome. I was so surprised to see how it watched the others fishing. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Nancy Bain

    I do believe I saw this on Knowledge net last night. It was fascinating.

    Nancy

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    • The Marine Detective

      That’s what triggered my looking for it again Nancy- that someone mentioned that they had found something like this on the Knowledge Network but – can’t find it!

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  3. Michelle B.

    Such a patient and attentive mom – so sweet to see the extent of maternal care in humpbacks and such great footage. I love momma animals great and small – we are all connected.

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  4. Bruce Livingston

    Fabulous!

    Bruce

    On Sun, Dec 9, 2012 at 1:58 PM, The Marine Detective wrote:

    > ** > The Marine Detective posted: “The most goose-bump inducing, > mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, consciousness-raising video I have ever seen I > viewed in October 2009 in Quebec at the 18th Biennial Conference on the > Biology of Marine Mammals, and I have been waiting for it to appear on-line > e”

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  5. D.Gold

    Note to The Marine Detective and readers: Sorry to say, I removed this video from my youtube account today. I received a request. National Geographic has plans for broadcasting the footage. A scientist and producer asked that I take the youtube down for now. The quality will be much better when you see it on their channel anyway. I think they picked up on this getting a fair amount of attention thru this website and the social media in the past week. The reason I posted the video is expressed perfectly by the Marine Detective’s blog post, “Mind-Blowing Crittercam Video – Humpback Calf Nursing Underwater and Watching Mother Group Bubble-Net”. Thank you for writing the above summary. I feel much the same as you do — after seeing the feeding footage in the presentation I want to search online to find a copy for reviewing again and showing to others. I am happy to see you grabbed screenshots, and described the contents of Birgit Buhleier’s presentation in this posting. I wanted to share the education of this presentation on my channel, but alas, this particular youtube will not be available. Keep searching and hopefully Nat Geo will show “The most goose-bump inducing, mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, consciousness-raising” footage.

    Reply

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