Amazing Underwater Footage Of Humpback Whale Off Tenerife Coast
Here's something to brighten your day - breathtaking footage of an ageing humpback whale spotted just off the coastline of southern Tenerife:
The incredible animal was filmed swimming underwater and coming to the surface in the video captured by author and underwater photographer Sergio Hanquet.
The majestic animal looks serene and graceful as it enjoys what looks to be a chilled sojourn through the clear and sparkling waters.
According to local media, the humpback is just one of 30 species regularly spotted off Tenerife's coast.
Hanquet filmed the animal close to the port of Los Cristianos in the Spanish Canary Islands and called it 'the mother of all whales'.
He added that the creature was tame and allowed divers to approach it but that it also looked thin and had a number of crustaceans stuck to its body.
The underwater photographer suggested the animal's condition may simply be due to the animal's old age.
It's believed that there are currently 30,000 to 40,000 humpback whales left in existence - approximately 30 percent of their original population, according to Animal Planet.
They animals were first protected as an endangered species in 1966 after being commercially hunted for oil, meat, and general apparel materials (such as for corset boning) from the 17th to early 20th centuries.
Current life expectancy for humpback whales is currently understood to be between 45 and 50 years, on average. Though they can apparently live for up to 80 years.
Despite this particular whale's frail condition it's nonetheless enchanting to see it up close and having an otherwise great time in the water.
Hanquet shared the video publicly on Facebook where people understandably amazed by the footage.
Before lamenting how 'sad' the animal's condition is to see, one person commented that it's regardless great seeing 'whales enjoying life and freedom'.
Meanwhile another shared their unbridled joy at seeing the footage and thanked Hanquet for sharing it with the world.
"It made me smile and feel moved at the same time. I truly respect nature and the amazing animals we share it with."
Featured Image Credit: CEN