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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

The full head of a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) as it surfaces from a dive to breathe as it swims along the Wild Coast of South Africa not far from Port St Johns. In this image you can see the baleen filters in the whales mouth.
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 majorit of the more beautiful the 'whale songs' that have become synomous with the general public.

· Date: Fri September 8, 2006 · Reference ID: /22006-06-19-22-31-13-1 · Views: 3684 ·
Keywords: balaenopteridae baleen rorqual mysticeti cetacea marine mammal pelagic filter feeder large endangered rare surface breathe head blow hole teeth


Scuba Diver on the Bow of the USCGC Bibb
Paul Osmond

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