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Humpback Whale

Megaptera Novaengliae


Grey Humpback Whale Calf. Black w/white pectoral flippers and white markings on tail. Approximately 5 months old. Calf's mother is Boomerang.


Ocean. Born in Silver Banks, Dominican Republic. Migrated with mother to Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary for the summer months.


This young calf will stay with mother, Boomerang, for about a year. About October mom and calf will migrate back to Silver Banks in the Dominican Republic to spend the winter months. The Gray Humpbacks are in New England approximately April-October for the sole purpose of feeding. Stellwagen Bank is rich in food for them. The winter months are spent in Silver Banks for courtship, mating and birth in the warm waters.

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ElaineWebb 9 years ago
Gray Humpback Whale
Megaptera Novaengliae Whale facts, species info, Marine Mammal species information

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Elizabeth Kucera
Elizabeth Kucera 6 years ago

Absolutely love this spotting. Very informative and appreciated!

galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

I changed the title hope you don't mind. There is a species called Grey Whale found primarily on the West coast... humpback whales are just Humpback Whales

galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

Wonderful information about the life cycle of Boomerang and her calf. When there was enough funding I worked for Allied Whale
I have since started a citizen based collection of individual humpbacks and their life histories that is accessible to the general public

Here is a photo of Boomerang

ElaineWebb 9 years ago

I'm going to have admit that I'm finding filling out some of the information a bit confusing! It's been a LONG time since I've done anything remotely educational and I never did all that great with science way, way, way back when :) Thank you for the help; I really can use a lot of it.

I'm very new to Project Noah and am finding it fascinating! It's the world at my fingertips with so much to explore and learn. This senior citizen brain is kicking into high gear and loving the whole experience.

bayucca 9 years ago

Hi Elaine, welcome to Project Noah! Wonderful whales you have here! If you are sure about the ID you can add both, common and scientific names in the corresponding fields. If you are not sure or you have no IDeas about an ID, you leave both field empty. You may add some additional informations or guesses in the comment section. Somebody will find an ID. You do not have to make a suggestion on your own spots. So, in this case, please, add the scientific name in the corresponding field by editing the spotting. Thanks!

ElaineWebb 9 years ago

Thank you! My daughter and I do a lot of whale watching; this young calf has shown up just about each time we've gone out this year. They are fascinating creatures!

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Like your picture and commentary!

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Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Jul 6, 2012
Submitted on Aug 11, 2012

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