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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A couple of Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on the surface 'spouting' as they breathe off the 'Wild Coast' of South Africa near Port St Johns.
Humpback Whales have a pair of blowholes which they breathe through and the spout pattern is very distinctive.
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: Sat September 2, 2006 · Reference ID: 1168/22006-06-19-17-13-30-1 · Views: 3383 ·
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