Humpback Whale Facts

  • Scientific Name:
    Megaptera novaeangliae
  • Adult Length:
    11-15 m (36 - 49 ft)
  • Blow:
    Variable; tall, vertical and bushy
  • Breaching:
    Yes, usually landing on back
  • Deep dive:
    Body generally arches high before broad mil flukes are raised to reveal variable pale underside to tail
  • Group size:
    1-3, sometimes more when feeding
Humpback Whale

Occasional inshore and offshore.


Although similar to the other rorquals in size, the Humpback Whale is one of the most distinctive species. lts scientific name means 'Bigwinged New Englander', a description referring to its huge flippers which are over 3m long. Surfacing sequence is slow, the head is covered in raised knobs and the body is robust and bulky, with a low, sloping and broad-based dorsal fin. The back behind the fin, like the Sperm Whale, shows a series of knuckles along its ridge.

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