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Humpback Whale

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Hayley Sollars & Kayla Brander

on 14 November 2012

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Background photo by t.shigesa The biological classification of Humpback Whales
which is the scientific method of which all living organisms are scientifically named and classified. The science of biological classification is called taxonomy. But one of the most intriguing thing about Humpback whales are their songs, Scientists don't know exactly why they sing but they assume their amazing calls are either for communication or to call a mate. All though Humpback Whales look like fish they
aren't at all, they are actually mammals like us. Humpback Whales * The seven biological classifications of the Humpback whale are: Kingdom: Anamalia * Phylum: Cordata (vertebrates) * Class: Mammalia (mammals) * Order: Cetacea * Family: Balaenopteridae * Genus: Megaptera * Species: novaeangliae Humpback whales are found near coastlines and migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters closer to the Equator. Although these mighty giants are very large, they are very gentle, they do not eat humans even though they can swallow us whole, or anything large at all. They eat tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. They are omnivores. Mothers whales and their young swim close together and they touch each other with their flippers wich appears to gesture affection. Females nurse their calves for about a year, but it takes a lot longer than that for a humpback whale to reach full adulthood. Calves do not stop growing until they are twelve years old. This is what they sound like: The humpback whale Humpback whales are either dark grey or black, with white markings on the underside, they have a very large tail fin which is called the fluke, this helps the whale to have a very powerful kick when it swims. It has two pectoral fins at the front of the body, a very small dorsal fin 3/4 down its back, tubercles on the top of his mouth which are head bumps with a single grey hair in it, the rostrum which is the snout and a blowhole just passed the rostrum. Humpback whales are born 10-20 feet long and can weigh up to 1-2 tonnes. A 12 year old humpback (fully grown) can grow to 45 feet long and weigh up to 40 tonnes. Humpback Whales are one of the largest mammals on Earth.
The largest recording of one is a whopping 88 feet long! Unfortunately when she was caught near the Caribbean she was killed. Websites:





Antarctic whales & dolphins Unfortunatley the humpback whale is Endangered. In 1963 it became illegal to poach whales. But there is still poachers who kill whales, and their numbers are decreasing. By Hayley Sollars
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