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Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae


Large robust body 50-56' (16-17m) long and 90,000 lb (40,000kg) males slightly smaller than females. Backs are dark with white or mottled bellies. Very long flippers 15' often white with dark marks. Underside of their tail or fluke can range in color from totally black to totally white with endless variations of pattern in between... individuals can be identified by the patterns on the underside of their tail. They are members of the Balaenoptera family have baleen and filter small fish and krill rather than having teeth like Orcas or dolphins.


This particular group of whales inhabit the North Atlantic. Breeding in the West Indies between January and March (Silver Bank North of Dominican Republic is a favorite breeding ground) and feeding in the cold rich waters of the Gulf of Maine, Eastern Canada, Greenland, Iceland and the North Sea.


"FLICKER" was first seen in 2008 and has been named by the whale watch boats in the Gulf of Maine, but his/her fluke has not been matched or entered into the Allied Whale catalog yet and so does not have a number. Two "flukematchers" have to take a photo through the catalog without finding a match before it is determined to be a new whale

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Maine, USA

Spotted on Aug 7, 2010
Submitted on Mar 17, 2011

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