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Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae

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9 Comments

JBoerner
JBoerner 8 years ago

No it was an adult. The video shows the same whale.

ElaineWebb
ElaineWebb 8 years ago

Sorry, JBoerner.....I just kind of jumped in with my comment when I saw the post; whale watching is one of my big passions! 2011 had been a slow year for us since the largest portion of activity was more towards the Cape. Was this, by any chance, a calf?

JBoerner
JBoerner 8 years ago

The second photo is actually one whale on its side with its flipper and half of its fluke sticking out of the water. But yes, they were flipper slapping. At the time, we were in the middle of a large pod of whales flipper and fluke slapping.

ElaineWebb
ElaineWebb 8 years ago

The action in the video is flipper slapping. The second photo is two whales flipper slapping; the green glow beneath the water by both whales is their pectoral flippers. The water in Stellwagen Bank is nutrient filled which gives the water a green color whic makes the whale's white flippers appear as green below the water.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

they can be playful.

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 8 years ago

Love the video too! Do you have any details on the spotting? Just curious what you or your guides thought he/she was doing!

JBoerner
JBoerner 8 years ago

Thanks, I just posted a video too!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Quite a sighting!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 8 years ago

I love the boat in the photo for perspective!

JBoerner
Spotted by
JBoerner

Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Jul 28, 2011
Submitted on Nov 15, 2012

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