Friday, July 31, 2009

Humpback Whale

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Humpback Whale
(Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae
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

Quick Fact
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.

Learn More
- Animal Diversity Web

- Moorea Biocode Database

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