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Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae

Description:

The humpback whale 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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

Spotted in the Saginal Channel off of Juneau, AK.

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KristieMoore
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KristieMoore

Juneau, Alaska, USA

Spotted on Jul 20, 2010
Submitted on Sep 16, 2011

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