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HUMPBACK WHALE

MEGAPTERA NOVAEANGLIA

The Humpback Whale is quite spectacular undergoing the longest migration of any mammal (5176miles/8334km one way), attracting females by singing to them and of course their energetic nature. On many occasions humpbacks have been seen breaching, tail slapping, fin slapping, blowing bubbles and spy hopping just to mention a few. The humpback is also one of the larger whales we encounter on our whale watching tours.

ALSO CALLED

  • Hnúfubakur
  • Buckelwal
  • Rorqual à bosse
  • Pukkelhval
  • Knølhval
  • Ballenajorobada

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Length:

13-17 meters

Weight:

25-40 tons

Life expectancy:

95 years

Est. population around Iceland:

1.000-2.000

Social behaviour:

Like to travel in a pair but more may come together in feeding and mating grounds.

Diet:

Schooling fish, krill

Suborder:

Mysticeti – Baleen Whale

Family:

Balaenopteridae – Rorqual

IUCN Listing:

Least Concern

Major threats:

Climate change, noise and chemical pollution, marine debris, human disturbance, habitat loss and entanglement in fishing lines and nets.