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Whoever said that hippos can't be graceful? Seems like Disney had it right in Disney's Fantasia! Those hippos can absolutely move with the grace of a ballerina! 

Turns out, hippos can do whale jumps too! Watch Hippo Fiona go crazy in their outdoor pool and celebrate with some joyful jumps. 

It totally makes sense now that whales are the closest living relative to hippos. You'll see. 

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Australia's Favorite Rare White Humpback Spotted Off New South Wales Coast

Migaloo, is a completely all-white humpback whale and is said to be the very first completely white humpback whale. Scientists are still unsure if Migaloo is albino or leucistic, which means he is unable to "produce pigment but has colored eyes."

The name Migaloo itself means "whitefella" in a few indigenous languages. 

Migaloo was first spotted in 1991, around Hervey Bay and has been monitored by scientists ever since. Due to Migaloo being too well-known and so rare, special protections have been implemented to ensure nothing happens to Australia's favorite humpback. Whale watchers have to keep at least a five-hundred meter distance or face the penalty. A penalty of a fine up to $16,500.

Yikes. They aren't messing around and honestly, that's a great thing. 

A tweet predicted a Migaloo sighting that he would be by Sydney soon and even possibly reach Cape Byron around Wednesday. 

If you're in Australia, be on the lookout for the rare sighting! Though, Dr. Pirotta, Macquarie University Marine Scientist, says, "Migaloo is one of around 40,000 humpback whales so essentially it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. So when people see or may have seen this individual people get really excited and start to try and predict his movements."

"Migaloo is like the rock star for the ocean world because he's showing that we should care about the ocean. But also remembering that because he's so famous we need to be aware of our actions on the water," Dr. Pirotta added.

Seems like Australia reigns up top when it comes to rare sea life

Story via DailyMail

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Natalie Kepa took her six-year-old daughter, Stella, waterskiing in Kumutoto Bay, New Zealand, when they ran into something unexpected -- orcas! 

Kepa told Storyful that upon first seeing the orcas, she simply "didn't know what to do."

As you can see in the video, Stella is absolute natural waterskiing, her mom and others cheer her on as she takes on this new activity for the very first time. However, soon those cheers turn into shouts of shock. 

"I was beside myself," Natalie told Storyful. Stella, on the other hand, "totally loved it," Natalie said. She "was crazily calm throughout" and is now keen to get out again as her friends thing she's an awesome "whale rider."

According to Whale Facts, orcas tackle large prey and won't attack a human unless threatened. Did you know that there are no known cases of humans being killed by them in the wild? Just something to chew on.

Be sure to look at the bottom of the video under the wake at 0:29 in the water... CRAZY.

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A team of marine biologists just discovered that after recording a blue whale's heartbeat, that the world's largest creatures can survive on just two heartbeats per minute. 

How crazy is that?! 

The team suction-cupped a pulse monitor to the back of a blue whale off the California coast, in order to achieve this new data.

And when the blue whale grabbed a snack, its heart skipped a beat -- or 30. 

According to a new study, in the journal, 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,' "the simple act of catching a bite may push a blue whale's heart to its physical limits — and that could explain why no creatures larger than blue whales have ever been spotted on Earth." 

Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. A blue whale adult can measure more than 100 feet long, which is equivalent to two school buses parked bumper-to-bumper. And as one would expect, It takes a big heart to power a creature that size. In 2015, one beached blue whale's heart weighed in at 400 pounds, equivalent to the size of a golf cart. 

As written on LiveScience, "According to the study authors; blue whales may have — now and forever — the hardest-working hearts on Earth".

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Japanese Sculptor Isana Yamada Creates Breathtaking Translucent Whales

Isana Yamada, a postgraduate student created these 6 translucent whales to signify the 6 realms of Buddhism. The whales are swimming in a circle, which represents the six stages of Samsara. And within each of these whales, there are various objects such as: a submarine, volcano, sailboat, and a sea of clouds. The title of the piece is "Rinne Samsara", which is a Buddhist term for "cycle of existence".

Whale done.

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Hundreds Of People Work Together To Rescue 5 Whales Stranded On The Beach

Humanity at its best! It's amazing what we can accomplish when we band together for a common cause. 

In Redington Beach, Florida, five pilot whales were stranded in shallow water and thanks to the efforts of the Coast Guard, scientists, marine biologists, and veterinarians( from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), oh, and just a small army of beachgoers who volunteered.


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Hundreds Of Whale Sightings Reported Of The Coast Off NYC Due To Cleaner Waters

Finally some good news! In 2010 there were a total of 5 whale sightings off the coast of NYC. That's right, five. Last year, the number of whales spotted was a staggering 272! That is a 540% increase in just 8 years! And almost all of the whales spotted have been humpbacks! This is such a wonderful triumph. And we have environmental policies such as the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act to thank for that. 

Paul Sieswerda, once a curator at the New York Aquarium for over 20 years before starting Gotham Whale, says lessening the pollution in the Hudson River has also played a large part in this whale restoration. According to Pew Charitable Trust's Mid-Atlantic Conservation Project, the most important fish in the sea is the fish Menhaden - due to how many other sea animals eat them (including the humpback whale). And the Menhaden are attracted to tiny green algae, which the cleaner water at the Hudson river was able to provide. 

Sieswerda had this to say about the majestic giants of the sea, "The sheer size alone is incredible. They're like buses, and to think that's a living animal and to think that has the power and grace to completely jump out of the water when they breach is a spectacle that I think is unique to the animal kingdom."

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Captured Beluga Whales Who Were Forced To Spend Their Lives In Chinese Aquarium To Be Flown To Sanctuary

Two beluga whales captured from the wild and forced to spend their lives performing in a Chinese aquarium are to be flown to the world's first open water beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland! Story found on The Times.

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Lost Narwhal Becomes 'One of the Boys' After a Pod of Beluga Whales Adopts It

Recently, it was discovered that a narwhal (who was more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of its normal range) seems to have been adopted by a group of belugas. And apparently, the narwhal has been observed with the belugas for nearly three years in North America's St. Lawrence River!

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This Rare Video Of Three Whales Breaching Simultaneously Proves How Awesome Is Nature

Few are lucky enough to witness a whale breaching. Even fewer are lucky enough to see three breaching at the same time.

A group of whale watchers experienced a rare occurrence off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, as three humpback whales leapt out of the water one after the other.

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Camera catches killer whales jumping out of the water, then the fun begins.

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Scientists have attached cameras to unlock the mysteries of whales' lives in Antarctica. The cameras have documented their eating habits, their social life and even the way they view humans . The results are amazing.

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This video was taken from a drone flying around the ocean off the coast of Western Australia. The whales seen here are southern right whales and it is very rare to see an albino whale of this species.