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2006-06-16-23-24-49

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) raises its huge tail fluke out of the water preprin for a deeper dive while swimming along the Wild Coast of South Africa not far from Port St Johns.
These heavily notched tail flukes can be up to 12 feet wide, and are spectacular when brought out of the water for lobtailing or just before diving.
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: all/22006-06-16-23-24-49 · Views: 7346 ·
Keywords: Humpback Whale Tail Fluking - Megaptera novaeangliae
Additional Categories: Humpback Whales

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