The Humpback whale. By Cate Graumans. Classification. The scientific name for the humpback whale is Megaptera Novaeangliae. Appeareance.
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By Cate Graumans
The Humpback whale is not like your average gold fish .The humpback whale can grow to the size of 12-16 metres long!
The first part of the life cycle is the fighting. The male humpback will fight another male for a female. They lunge at each other with their heads or hit each other with their tails.
Once the female has found her mate she will mate.
The whale takes birth in the warmer waters in the winter. The female is pregnant for 10-12 months.
The whale will have 1 calf almost every year. Unlike other mammals the baby humpback is born tail first. The birth is short because the baby must get to the surface to breath.
Two years after the birth the whale will migrate back to Antarctica.
The calf can eat solid food after one year. The menu of humpback whales include krill and numerous types of small fish. An adult whale eats almost two tons of fish every day.
They can jump out of the water at about 12 meters in the air.
Their weight can reach between 25 to 40 tons.
They are part of the baleen whale family and they can be found in all oceans and numerous seas in the world.