Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae TL 18m

What does it look like? Greyish-black above and sharply contrasting white below. Flippers long and slender (up to 5m) with knobs with barnacles on trailing edge. Tail flukes have black-and-white markings that are different in each individual.

Where is it found? Within Australian waters, most numerous along east and west coasts.

What are its habitats & habits? Found in coastal waters, as it travels south in summer to feed on krill in Antarctic waters, and returns northwards to winter calving and breeding areas in warmer subtropical and tropical waters.

Interesting fact: Well known for dramatic breaches, often rolling or spinning in the air and landing horizontally.