Humpback whale

Species profile

Name: the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale – these types of whales use specialised baleen plates to filter out food from the water around them.

Appearance: humpbacks have a distinctive body shape, with long fins and knobbly heads.

Size: humpbacks are large whales, with adults reaching around 12 to 16 metres and weighing around 25 to 30 tonnes.

Diet: they mainly feed on krill and small fish such as herring and mackerel.

Did you know: humpbacks have developed innovative feeding techniques such as bubble nets Рwhere a group of whales swim in circles below a school of fish and release a net of bubbles which traps the school, allowing them to swallow thousands of fish in one gulp. They are also known for leaping spectacularly out of the water and can produce a beautifully complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes.

Location: humpbacks are found around the world and can migrate up to 25,000 km each year – breeding and giving birth in tropical or subtropical waters then migrating to polar waters to feed.

Best places to see humpback whales

According to reports submitted to WildSide, the best places to see humpback whales are as follows:

Place Chance to see User rating No. reports
Isla de la Plata
Ecuador
100%
very high
4.6
very good
5
reports
Husavik
Iceland
100%
very high
3.0
good
1
reports
Osa Peninsula
Costa Rica
0%
very low
4.5
very good
1
reports