|The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)|
Friday, June 06, 2014
Humpback Whale - GERMANY
The second official of the day has this amazing photo of a male Humpback Whale in his mating dance. When I got it out of my mailbox I thought it could came from a distant country in the middle of the ocean, but it comes from Germany. Thank you Christel, I had the luck of watching live to this whale dance several years ago in a small boat in Cape Verde (one of those memories that will stay with me forever). This postcard took 4 days to arrive!
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres and weigh approximately 36 tons. 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 the coasts of Australasia and the Americas. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Its purpose is not clear, though it may have a role in mating.