Marine Mammals


Written by mrhusev
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. It is usually 13 to 14 meters long and weighing an average of 50 tons.

Their body is large, black on top and whitish on the ventral part. The head and lower jaw are covered with small hair follicles. The dorsal fin is located two-thirds of the way along the body.

Classification: vertebrates, mammals, cetaceans, baleopteridae
Height: up to 19 m long with tail
Weight: up to 50 tons
Habitat and distribution: open sea, polar regions, and cosmopolitan coastal areas
Conservation status: declining

The Humpback Whale, or Megaptera, has enormous frontal fins that can be up to 5 m long and give the impression that it is different from other Baleen Whales. This whale has a black-and-white speckled tail, and these spots differ from one individual to another.
Like the Blue Whale, it undertakes long migrations from tropical waters where it breeds to cold waters where it feeds on small fish. It often stays close to shore.

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