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Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae

Description:

From Wikipedia: One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. An acrobatic animal known for breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectorals, it is popular with whale watchers off Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time

Habitat:

From Wikipedia: Humpbacks inhabit all major oceans, in a wide band running from the Antarctic ice edge to 77° N latitude. A 2007 study identified seven individuals wintering off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica as having traveled from the Antarctic—around 8,300 kilometres (5,200 mi). Identified by their unique tail patterns, these animals made the longest documented mammalian migration.

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14 Comments

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Cool! The humpbacks are the most prolific whales in our coastal waters here in Costa Rica. We have the privilege of receiving a migration from the north and south. This enables us to see them most of the year.

kdpicturemaker
kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Beautiful and close! They're migrating up Australia's east coast early this season, some already spotted this week and a few weeks ago.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

thank you outsidegirl0

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 7 years ago

lucky.. :) nice one!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Great fun fact!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Fun fact! Humpback whales eat up to a ton of fish, krill and plankton a day, and newborn calves consume over 50 gallons of their mother's milk daily! Humpbacks mainly feed in the summer months, living mostly off fat reserves during winter. https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/pho...

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

10 - 20 knot winds, pounding short period swell, rolling boat…sometimes you just get lucky venus! Thanks

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

wonderful capture, larry!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Thank you Maria!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Really like the third photo

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Thank you Luis, Gilma and RawrWildie.

ILoveAnimals
ILoveAnimals 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing!!! I love the vid!😊

Fantastic!! So beautiful!! Thank you for sharing, LarryGraziano.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Great series and video Larry!

LarryGraziano
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LarryGraziano

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Spotted on Feb 15, 2014
Submitted on Feb 18, 2014

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