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Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae


The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). 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. Males produce a complex song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating.


Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi) 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.

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littlemsavery 9 years ago

So cool! That's amazing!

tayanaemilio 10 years ago


Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 11 years ago

Awesome !!! It's amazing to see that !!

KarenL 11 years ago

Great series Lisa!

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 11 years ago

nice shot ....... i like this whale

Coconut 12 years ago

Omg I wish I could go on a whale spotting trip so amazing. How close were you?

galewhale..Gale 12 years ago

Hello Lisa ... the second photo of the underside of the fluke is very useful for i.d. purposes. Is there someway you can lighten the photo so more of the marks show?

CarolBowen 12 years ago

Great shot....Wish I could see on in person!

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Spotted on Aug 19, 2011
Submitted on Sep 3, 2011

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