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Rare Megapod of more than 100 Humpback Whales Seen Off Coast of Australia

A rare ‘megapod’ of more than 100 humpback whales surrounded a boat off the coast of Australia last week. 

Simon Millar, the owner of Sapphire Coastal Adventures, was heading a team training exercise with his staff when they spotted the whales on September 9. 

“It was incredible,” Millar told CNN, adding that it was an incredibly rare event.  

Millar said that this mass aggregation of whales known as a ‘megapod’ was only seen the second time ever in Australian waters.

In a video taken by Millar’s team, the whales were seen working together by slapping their tails as they herd the fish into a large bait ball. 

“We saw the whales swimming all around the area. They were just everywhere. We were very lucky. The sight and sound was really something,” Millar said.

According to Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water, and Environment, every year between April and November, Australia’s coastline would be full of pods of whales swimming north from the Antarctic, where they feed, mate, and give birth.

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