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2006-06-18-20-26-34

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

Water sprays in all directions from the mouth of a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) while filter feeding. By coming out of the water this way the whale can collect a huge mouthful of the target food - in this case probably small fish such as red eye sardine.
It is amazing to see something this large come out of the water with apparent ease, and cause an immense splash upon landing even on a large spy hop rather than a full breech.
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 29, 2006 · Reference ID: /22006-06-18-20-26-34 · Views: 5218 ·
Keywords: Humpback Whale Filter Feeding - Megaptera novaeangliae
Additional Categories: Humpback Whales

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