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Humpback Whales

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Sadurian Mike
639697.  Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:02 pm Reply with quote

Humpback whales are knobheads. Their characteristic rounded bumps on their heads are called knobs or tubercles.



The also have the longest fins of any whale, with pectoral fins that can be up to a third of their total length (12-16m, or nearly 50ft in old money). The Blue Whale, by the way, has pectoral fins 3-4m long.



http://www.whale-images.com/humpback_whale_facts.jsp
http://www.worldwidewhale.com/humpbackfacts.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Whale

 
Jenny
639699.  Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:46 pm Reply with quote

I took my 9 year-old granddaughter to Seacoast Science Center in New Hampshire today, and we looked at a skeleton of a young (2 year old) humpback whale that was 32 feet long.

Great photographs of how the center got and exhibited this particular humpback whale, whose name was Tofu, here.

 
Sadurian Mike
639700.  Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:57 pm Reply with quote

Tofu? Tofu?

Good pictures, though. We saw some baleen in New Zealand (they have a thing about whales there as well) and I took a photo. It caught the imagination of my boys who now (at 7 and 5) know more about sharks and whales than I do, and happily tell anyone who cares to listen all about baleen.

 
Jenny
639702.  Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:04 pm Reply with quote

Apparently the people at NOAA who work out names and family relationships for humpback whales do so because of the colour and shape of the flukes, which is how they tell one whale from another. this particular whale was called Tofu because of its almost all-white flukes.

 

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