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Humpback whale

Megaptera novaeangliae


The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms. The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water.


Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species' diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net feeding technique.


Taken on a trip with Borea Adventures, www.boreaadventures.com. More photos here: www.flickr.com/haukurr.

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 6 years ago

this is incredible!! great job man.

KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Just fyi humpback has a "p" in it. You might want to change the name and tags

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Second picture is priceless...!!

whoa! unbelieveable!

emj.patterson 7 years ago

Both the pictures are wonderful, but yes, the second one is absolutely breathtaking!

Carolina 8 years ago

Yes! That's what I meant haha, thank you Dan! :)
(at least I made myself understood haha, sorry for my poor english)

dandoucette 8 years ago

Yeah, this first pic is surreal with the big cruise ship in the background. Carolina, I believe you mean mind blowing!

Carolina 8 years ago

Haukur, the second picture is blow minded. I love it.

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Lat: 66.09, Long: -22.94

Spotted on May 17, 2011
Submitted on May 26, 2011

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