Breaching Humpback Whale
Megaptera novaeangliae

f4.5 @ 1/800s, ISO:100, Nikon D80 w 70mm


Humpback Whale," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 1216 metres (3952 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. An acrobatic animal known for breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectorals, it is popular with whale watchers off Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States.
Stellwagen Bank, Massachusetts
 
08/12/2007