[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]
Photo by Hannah Stewart. Text by Gerick Bergsma.
Humpback whales migrate annually between the food-rich waters near the poles and the warm tropical seas where they breed. Individual whales have been identified as migrating from Antarctica to Costa Rica, the longest migration by any mammal.
|Humpback Whales are found throughout the world's oceans, migrating between polar and tropical seas.|
|Found offshore in the open ocean|
|Eat krill and small fish|
|Humpback whales are famous for their songs. The songs, which can last up to 20 minutes and are often repeated for hours on end, are only produced by males during the breeding season and might serve to announce a male's presence to other males or to attract females. Whales from a given region typically share the same song, but songs differ from region to region.|
|- Animal Diversity Web|
- Moorea Biocode Database
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