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.