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Humpback Whales

An adult Humpback Whales ranges in size from 12-16 metres and can weigh approximately 36,000 Kg.

Humpback Whales are a species of Baleen Whale. This means they have baleen plates for filtering food from the water rather than teeth.

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Humpbacks have a small dorsal fin and very large pectoral fins (flippers). Humpback whales can be found in the waters of many countries around the world including Australia, the Pacific Islands, Canada and the United States.

The males produce a beautiful complex song which they may repeat for hours at a time.

They migrate several thousand Kilometres each year. They only feed in summer in the Polar waters mainly on Krill and small fish. They migrate to tropical and subtropical waters to breed and give birth in winter.

My Husband and I have been very lucky and have had the opportunity to see humpback whales in Vancouver (Canada), Queensland (Australia) and Tonga (Pacific Island). We had an incredible and very memorable experience spending a couple of weeks living on my Aunt and Uncles boat sailing around the pacific Islands. At night while we were sleeping we could hear the beautiful song of the male Humpbacks and during the day we were treated to some incredible displays of their different behaviours it was certainly an amazing 2 weeks which we will never forget.

On July 18th 2015 I was fortunate to see the Humpback Whale that ventured into the Port River in Adelaide South Australia. I am used to seeing their little cousins the bottlenose dolphins in the Port River all the time but to see a 14 metre Adult Humpback Whale in the area was remarkable.

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