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Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae


The Humpback whale is a species of baleen whales. The adults range in length from 39 to 52 ft and weigh approximately 79,000 lb. The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobby head. The humpbacks are known for their breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectoral fins.


The sighting was made at the entrance to Icy Strait while leaving Lynn Canal near Rocky Island in Alaska.

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egm 7 years ago

Thank you everyone for the comments!!! Southeast Alaska is a amazing place and is the perfect habitat for the h umpback whales and other marine mammals. With the large tidal change in excess of 25 feet in some areas and the prolonged daylight sustain a ecosystem that sustains krill a small shrimp like crusteacean and small schooling fish herring, kaplin and hooligan in the tens of millions. All primary food sources for the humpbacks. Arriving from their winter birthing areas in late spring and early summer where food islimited and in some cases non existent they come famished and ready to restore the much needed fat stores in the nutrient rich waters.

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Great shot - welcome to Project Noah!

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Beautiful shot egm!

Fantastic!! Love how you capture the entire scenario. Great photography!! you must have a Million dollar camera!! Thank you for sharing.

RiekoS 7 years ago

Incredible. Very beautiful.

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Alaska, USA

Spotted on May 5, 2010
Submitted on Feb 9, 2013

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