Humpback Whale

African lion

Scientific Name – Megaptera novaeangliae

Classification – Cetaceans

Gender Names – Male – bull; Female – cow;  baby – Calves

Collective Noun – Pod

Average Length – 14.6 – 19 metres (48 – 62.5 ft )

Average Weight – 36 tonnes (40 tons)

Speed – 16.8 mph

Life Expectancy –  45 – 50 years

Mating Season –  winter months which are spent in warmer waters

Pregnancy -eleven months

Special Features –  Humpback whales are migratory travelling vast distances between warmer waters where they spend the winters and cooler waters in the north and south where they spend summer months. Their blow is a double stream of spray that rises 10-13 feet (3.1-4 m) above the surface of the water

Family Unit – Humpbacks travel in large, loose groups. Most associations between humpbacks are temporary, lasting at most a few days. The exception is the strong and lasting bond between mother and calf

humpback whales distribution on World MapGeographical Distribution – Oceans of the World

World Population – 10,000-15,000

Conservation Status – Endangered

Natural Habitat – The ocean

Diet – krill, small crustaceans, plankton, and small fish

Predators – killer whales and humans


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Humpback Whale. Available: Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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