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Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae

Description:

Humpback individuals can be identified by the pattern of white and black on the underside of their fluke. It is as useful as a finger print. I saw the four whales pictured above on a whale watch trip out of Bar Harbor Maine. ---From left to right is Kohouteck who was first seen in 1978! Atlas (the white fluke, not much information), Breakers, and finally Canine born in 2004 mother is Siphon an old favorite in the Northern part of the gulf of maine. ---Allied whale holds the central catalog of individuals and there are over 3,000 know ones: http://www.coa.edu/alliedwhale/ ---If you go to flickr there is a citizen based catalog where all photographs are contributed by flickr members who have been whale watching. Check it out you might be able to match your whale if you go whale watching along the east coast! http://www.flickr.com/photos/flukematche...

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5 Comments

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

By the middle of November most all of these whales will start their long migration south to Banks off the Dominican Republic. They mate and have their calves in the warm shallow waters of Silver Bank.

Safe journey.

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

Perhaps through Center for Coastal Studies? http://www.coastalstudies.org/

Cats Paw is a cool whale! She is a female

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Through some other organization, I sponsor a whale called Cat's Paw. I love your pictures!

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

My pleasure... it is wonderful research that has been going on for over 30 years!!

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 8 years ago

I am so impressed! This is awesome. Thank you for sharing the whale watching link, too.

galewhale..Gale
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Spotted on Sep 3, 2011
Submitted on Sep 5, 2011

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