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No one yet knows why these marine leviathans launch themselves from the sea
Some of the biggest animals that have ever existed are capable of seemingly impossible leaps. A humpback whale can be as long as 19 metres (62.3 feet) and weigh 40 tons, and yet it can breach clean out of the water.
The whale can swim vertically upwards at 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) per hour to burst into the air. Alternatively, it can swim parallel to the surface then wrench itself upwards at speed. As few as three tail strokes are enough to achieve a breach with this method. The function of this awe-inspiring behaviour is yet to be explained by science. The deafening splash produced may help the animals communicate, or it could simply be as fun as it looks.