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Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae


Make sure you watch the video!! A very distinct rorqual whale. It has a dark blue-grey body with a white belly, long white pectoral fins, a serrated edge to the fluke, two blowholes and a very nobbly/warty head. These individuals turned up around our ship, and while there are 4 distinct whales in the video, we had about 20 around us later on in the day.


Found all over the world, though there are distinct northern/southern populations. The southern population is less numerous that the northern.


An incredible experience, these 4 whales stayed around the ship for hours. We had stopped to sample, but the bad weather meant we couldn't put our probe in. Rather than abandon the station, we decided to wait to see if the weather cleared. While stationary, we had sea lions, pilot whales, then these humpbacks appear and feed around us! As you can see from the video, they were very happy to come and say hello.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Front seat viewing. Magnificent.

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

What a wonderful experience! Great pictures and video!

mendes.madalena 7 years ago

this is amazing!

RiekoS 7 years ago

Amazing and incredible video. Thank you so very much for sharing it with us.

LauraMaria 7 years ago

Thank you, Karen and Stefania!

KarenL 7 years ago

Fabulous series!

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Spotted on Feb 6, 2013
Submitted on Apr 25, 2013

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