Humpback Whale

Humpback whale

Conservation

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyBalaenopteridae
GenusMegaptera
Binomial nameMegaptera novaeangliae

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The humpback whale grows between 46-56 ft (14-17m) with a weight between 28-45 tons.

Humpback whales approach whale-watching boats and are inquisitive. They are very popular with whale-watchers due to their breaching, lobtailing, spyhopping and flipper-slapping.

Humpback whales have a gestation period of 11-12 months and give birth to one calf.

They can be seen in many places in North America, with Hawaii and Alaska as particularly good places to spot them.