Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Humpback Whales

Humpback whales are amazing creatures. They received their name because the dorsal fin sits on a big hump on the whales back and is visible when the whale arches its back and dives. The above picture does a good job of showing this.

 In the spring, summer, and fall the humpbacks can be found in the cooler waters around Alaska's Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Prince William Sound, Glacier Bay and throughout the Inside Passage. Life expectancy of the humpback is 45-50 years, however the oldest recorded humpback was 95.

 Other fun facts about these whales are they live in matrilineal family groups that are called pods and a newborn calf can weigh 2 tons and is 12 feet long. Now that's a big baby. This reminded me of the whale rescue that happened in Barrow, Alaska.

A movie was made about this rescue called Big Miracle.  I loved the movie. You might want to check it out.

Here's another clip someone shot. How amazing would it be to see this for yourself?



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