In honour of Leap Day

Please enjoy this anthology of leaping marine animals.  The opportunity for this post only comes up once every four years, so it’s no wonder they’re celebrating!

Mobula sp. – devil ray

Sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus

Flying squid, Todarodes pacificus

Yellowfin tuna, Thunnus albacares

Sailfish, Istiophorus sp.

Manta ray, Manta sp. (Most “manta jumps” on google are actually Mobulas, but this one’s for real)

White shark, Carcharodon carcharias

Emperor or King penguin, Aptenodytes sp.

Mahi mahi, Coryphaena hippurus

Commerson’s dolphin, Cephalorhynchus commersonii

Wahoo, Acanthocybium solandri

Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus

Minke whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata

And of course, what anthology of jumping marine critters would be complete without the famous leaping giant isopods (Bathynomus giganteus) of Upper Djiboutistan:

"Sea you in 4 years, deeplings!"

Alistair Dove (149 Posts)

Dr. Alistair Dove is a systematic and ecological parasitologist by training, with broader research interests in the natural history and health of marine animals, especially whale sharks. He is currently Director of Research and Conservation at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta USA. His comments here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Georgia Aquarium

4 Replies to “In honour of Leap Day”

  1. ha! I love this post! “Wahooooo!” could almost be a word bubble over the Wahoo.
    (That last one is so scary! eek)

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