Our Planet | Humpback Whales | Clip | Netflix

(gentle music) (dramatic music) – [Narrator] Humpback whales. They live in every ocean, traveling the high seas from
their polar feeding grounds to the tropics, where they breed. Yet whales have not always
enjoyed such freedom. Once there were more then
100,000 humpbacks in the oceans, but last century, they were
hunted to near extinction. (gentle music) Just a few thousand
survived the onslaught. (dramatic music) A huge public outcry finally led to a ban on commercial whaling in 1986. Since then, the number of humpback whales has been steadily increasing. (gentle music) They’re returning to their
ancestral feeding grounds, like these off the coast of South Africa. (gentle music) They’re gathering to take advantage of a seasonal abundance of krill, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans. (cheery music) The whales take in great
mouthfuls of water, trapping the krill on
sieves of hairy bristles that line their jaws. (majestic music) Each whale can eat over a ton a day. (majestic music) With food so plentiful, fur seals come to claim their share. (majestic music) These extraordinary
scenes were unimaginable just a few years ago. (majestic music)


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