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"Humpback” refers to the habit of raising and bending its back in preparation for the dive, accentuating the pronounced hump in front of the dorsal fin.

The humpback whale is a baleen whale and a rorqual whale with a rounded body narrowing to a slender tail. The bulky head and jaws have numerous knobs that contain hair follicles and provide sites for barnacles and whale lice.

Humpback Whales are easily distinguished by their remarkably long flippers up to as much as a third of its total body length.

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QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE HUMPBACK WHALE

  • The upper body is black but the flippers, ventral groove area, flanks and underside of the flukes are white.
  • The distinctive with patches on the underside of the flukes (tail) are unique to each individual whale, like a fingerprint.
  • The blow is a broad, bushy balloon of spray.
  • Humpback whales have small dorsal fin is raised on a platform of blubber.
  • When Humpback Whales breach, they are hard to miss!
  • Humpback whales divide their lives between the cool, rich waters where they feed and the warmer, clear tropics where they breed.
  • They weigh up to 40 tonnes and grow up to 15 meters, larger than the average school bus!
  • Their flippers grow to 5 meters long.

.... but despite their staggering size, most of their lives remain a mystery. We know very little about their rowdy courtship competitions..or the gentle ways they nurse their young.

 

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