In 2015, a man named Brad Rich was out on a boat expedition with his friends off the coast of Seward in Alaska . They were on a mission to film the beautiful seagulls native to the area.
If being in the “right place, at the right time, at the exact moment” ever needed a visual description, this guy’s encounter covers it to the letter. We need an award for people who capture incredible natural phenomena like these to show the rest of the world who aren’t so lucky.
What’s even better than the spectacle? – The raw, stunned, and unfiltered reaction. That’s the sound a person makes when their mind has been blown away.
Well, Brad got more than a bunch of excited seagulls and since his video hit YouTube, it’s amassed over 19 million views and a lot more across other platforms. Be sure to watch the video first before reading the continuing text. You don’t want any spoilers!
Bubble-net feeding phenomena of humpback whales
Brad heard the sound of the whales as they were coming up, slightly rocking their boat as he held his camera steady. At 0:56 seconds, the entrancingly loud pod breached the surface in a wild chase of seagulls and fish. It was a truly remarkable sight for Brad and his friends who couldn’t stop screaming in awe. Even better, the whales decided to swim alongside their boat – probably wondering what all the excitement was about.
The stunning spectacle above is a complex whale behavior known as bubble-net feeding. Whales are some of the most mysterious animals in the sea. They are difficult to understand because they display certain odd behaviors and are highly unpredictable. However, this is also a sign of high intelligence and enhanced adaptation skills.