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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) lies on its side with its huge pectoral fin straight up ready to be slapped down against the water or its own body. Behaviour like this is thought to be to used to remove barnacles and other parasites from the whale's body. This image taken on the Wild Coast of South Africa not far from Port St Johns.
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: Sun July 23, 2006 · Reference ID: 504/22006-06-18-20-17-38-1 · Views: 2173 ·
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Humpback Whale Spyhops and Spouts - Megaptera novaeangliae
Paul Osmond

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