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2006-06-16-23-15-08

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) spouts a plume of water while swimming along the Wild Coast of South Africa not far from Port St Johns.
The Humpback Whale has two blowholes which creates a double stream of spray that rises 10-13 feet above the surface of the water.
These huge whales can be seen each year in this area in the June and July time frame in conjunction with the Sardine Run, as they migrate north from their feeding season in Antartica towards Mozambique.
These whales can grown to upwards of 52 feet and weigh as much as 50 tons. They are also responsible for majorit of the more beautiful the 'whale songs' that have become synomous with the general public.

· Date: Sat July 22, 2006 · Reference ID: 786/22006-06-16-23-15-08 · Views: 1982 ·
Keywords: balaenopteridae baleen rorqual mysticeti cetacea marine mammal pelagic filter feeder large endangered rare breath breathing
Additional Categories: Humpback Whale Spouting and Breathing

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