It has long been known that whales can sing, but who knew they could dance?
The accompanying video reveals that dwarf minke whales, aside from being incredibly cute, are quite the performers.
The footage was captured during a recent week-long adventure to Ribbon Reefs near Cooktown, off Queensland, with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions.
With the group was Isabel Enders, a marine biology student at James Cook University, who is studying dwarf minke whale behavioral patterns. There were about 20 in the vicinty during the adventure.
"When you see them in real life, it's totally unpredictable because they're these big, beautiful animals that have something incredibly gentle about them," Enders told the Cairns Post. "Some of them became really interested and come up to you and then they stop, turn around and show their belly."
Dwarf minke whales reach lengths up to about 24 feet and are genetically distinct from the slightly larger Antarctic minke whale. They're found only in the southern hemisphere and have been documented off Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, New Caledonia and the eastern coast of South America.
The best time to see them off Ribbon Reefs is in June and July.