Appearance

The humpback whale has individual markings, much like humans' fingerprints. It is coloured black and grey on top, with white underneath. It has two blowholes and long flippers. The humpback whale can grow up to 16 metres long and weigh up to 45 tonnes.

Habitat

Humpback whales are found near coastlines, where they can easily find their food. Every year they migrate from their summer feeding grounds either near Antarctica or the Arctic regions to warmer waters closer to the equator.

Diet Humpbacks feed primarily in Summer and live off fat reserves during Winter. Their Wintering warters.The Humpback Whale feeds in colder waters during Spring, Summer and Autum then migrants to winter ranges in tropical seas, where it calves and breeds.They mainly feed on krill or small crustaceans which look like shrimp about 2 inches long it also feeds on smaal fish such as herring, mackerel, capelin, scad, sand lance, small salmon, and cod




life span

humpback Whales lifespan is from 30–40 years to 70–80 years

Behaviour

Humpback whales behaviours include breaching (breaches range from a full leap out of the water to surgin up and falling back), finslapping (slapping their fins
against the water), lobtailing (hitting their tails against the water) and spyhopping (where they poke their head out of the water and look around).
Humpbacks are very noisy whales. They produce a wide range of sounds and the males sing long and complex songs.
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Reproduction


References

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/humpback-whale/
date accessed: 23/5/2011
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/01/humpback-whales/chadwick-text.html date accessed: 23/5/2011

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