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Infant blue whale filmed underwater

Off the waters of Costa Rica scientists and photographers with National Geographic have filmed an infant blue whale swimming near its mother. They believe this is the first time a baby blue whale has been filmed underwater.

The footage was shot in an area called the “Dome”. This warm-water region near Costa Rica draws blue whales from hundreds of miles away, and scientists have theorized that the Dome may be a place where blue whales give birth. The footage of the infant lends proof to this theory.

Blue whale calves studied in Southern California are 40 feet long, but from whaling records scientists know that baby blue whale average 25 feet long. They are the largest babies born on Earth.

The footage will apart of National Geogrpahic’s program The Kingdom of the Blue Whale airing on March 8th.

To see the footage online: Baby blue whale caught on film underwater

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