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2006-06-19-18-34-29

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

Splash from the tail fluke of a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) comes out of the water as it preapres for a dive in front of the Wild Coast coastline near Port St Johns in South Africa.
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: Sun September 3, 2006 · Reference ID: 504/22006-06-19-18-34-29 · Views: 1488 ·
Keywords: balaenopteridae baleen rorqual mysticeti cetacea marine mammal pelagic filter feeder large endangered rare tail fin water splash


 
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Full sequence of a Humpback Whale Spyhopping - Megaptera novaeangliae
Paul Osmond


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