Why have Humpback whales become social?
When it came to animals with a reputation for being loners, few species matched Humpback whales. For centuries, these whales were notorious for living life alone, only approaching other whales to mate.
Around 10 or so years ago, things started to change.
For the first time in the history of the species, scientists witnessed schools of these whales hunting together. At times, up to 200 Humpback whales were spotted in the same region at the same time. This kind of behavior was totally unheard of…and now, it’s become the new norm.
Species never change their behavior this heavily overnight, nor do they ever change their habits this profoundly. So, what gives? Why are whales suddenly acting so strangely? Should we be worried?