What You're Really Seeing When You Go Whale Watching

Hint: It's kind of like speed dating.

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Luckily, we had a few experts on board to explain to us what the hell was going on down there.

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On the left is Paul Atkins, cinematographer for Nat Geo WILD special WILD Hawaii and on the right, humpback whale expert, Joseph Mobley. The special premieres March 23 at 8 p.m. ET.

We were actually witnessing a "heat run" where a mama whale and her calf are just hanging out, migrating, ya know, the usual, and she is accompanied by an escort.

"I have seen whales strike another whale so hard that it literally lifts the other's body out of the water!"

National Geographic / Wild Hawaii

Joseph cited this amazing instance as well as several others. Basically, they have tons of moves: Ramming one another (called "strikes"), aggressive-sounding blows, and even inflating their throats so their body appears larger.

Personally, I wanted to know if the female had a say in any of this, but even the top experts are still trying to decipher the subtle signals of the female.

Joseph said that when the female gets sick of the men (WHO CAN BLAME HER?), she will hide under a boat to avoid them.

http://J.R. Mobley , obtained under NOAA permit #810

Taking hiding from an unwelcome suitor at a dating event to a whole new level here.

Probs very similar to this:

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