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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A sequence of twelve images of a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) tail fluking with the rocky cliffs and hills of the coastline of the Wild Coast of South Africa in the background 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 majority of the more beautiful the 'whale songs' that have become synomous with the general public.

· Date: Thu August 10, 2006 · Reference ID: /22006-06-18-20-55-14-seq · Views: 11987 ·
Keywords: Full sequence of images Humpback Whale Tail Fluking - Megaptera novaea
Additional Categories: Humpback Whales


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