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.

Identification:

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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