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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A large Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) waves its huge pectoral fin out of the water as part of a large fin slap on the water. These fin slaps are often used to exhibit annoyance at dolphins, but are also used to try to dislodge barnacles and other parasites from the fin or on the whale's body.
These whales can grown to upwards of 52 feet and weigh as much as 50 tons. They are also responsible for majority of the more beautiful the 'whale songs' that have become synomous with the general public.

· Date: Thu August 10, 2006 · Reference ID: /22006-06-18-20-41-06-2 · Views: 2380 ·
Keywords: balaenopteridae baleen rorqual mysticeti cetacea marine mammal pelagic filter feeder large endangered rare pectoral fins behaviour impressive
Additional Categories: Humpback Whale Pectoral Fin Actions


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