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Whale is the common name for various marine mammals of the order Cetacea. The term whale is sometimes used to refer to all cetaceans, but more often it excludes dolphins and porpoises, which are also cetaceans but belong to the suborder Odontoceti. This suborder also includes the sperm whale, killer whale, pilot whale, and beluga whale. The suborder Mysticeti (baleen whales), are filter feeders that feed on small organisms caught by straining seawater through a comblike structure found in the mouth called baleen. This suborder includes the blue whale, the humpback whale the bowhead whale and the minke whales. All Cetacea have forelimbs modified as fins, a tail with horizontal flukes, and nasal openings on top of the head.

Humpback Whales

All About Humpback Whales

The scientific name of a Humpback Whale is a Megaptera Novaeangliae. Humpback Whales spend summers in the waters of the North and South Poles. In the winter Humpback Whales migrate to warmer waters where the females give birth to their young. When the young whales are old enough to travel the whales return to their icey waters.

The Humpback Whale is black or blue black and has tubercles or nodules on their head and lower jaw. The Humpback Whale grows to 40-43 feet long and typically weighs 24 5/8 - 29 1/2 tons. The Humpback Whale has a strong curved lower jaw and scalloped edge flippers.

Humpback Whales live in family groups. Humpback Whales communicate using long complex songs which may be repeated for hours on end. The Humpback Whale is known for their hours of singing, they have been known to sing for 22 hours. Each Humpback Whale has a signature song, which it changes over the years, scientists believe the song is used to repel rivals and attract females.

Humpback whales eat small fish and shrimp like krill for food.

A Humpback whale’s gestation is 11 months and a Humpback Whale gives birth to one calf at a time.

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