First ever footage of an infant Blue Whale captured

March 6th, 2009

For the first time ever, an infant Blue Whale has been caught on film. The expedition, which included Bruce Mate from the OSU Marine Mammal Institute, was exploring a spot of the coast of Costa Rica called the “Dome”. This footage proves that The Dome is a birthing ground for Blue Whales.

From National Geographic:

March 4, 2009—A baby blue whale (shown with photographer) filmed off Costa Rica may be the first to have been photographed underwater and adds to evidence that a blue whale hot spot in the Pacific Ocean is a birthing ground for the endangered species.

During a January 2008 expedition to the “Dome”—a warm-water region that draws blue whales from hundreds of miles away—the researchers had begun to lose hope of finding a calf. Then two telltale spouts began erupting at the sea surface.

“Oh, tell me that one of them is a small blow, please,” Bruce Mate, of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, says in the documentary.

Courtest of National Geographic Magazine

Courtest of National Geographic Magazine

Check out the excellent video:

Thanks to National Geographic for the wonderful content! Congrats to Bruce Mate for the huge find!!

-jm

51 Responses to “First ever footage of an infant Blue Whale captured”

  1. wow just look at that tail, it’s enormous .

    Bryan

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