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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

One of the most amazing sights in the world is that of a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching. It is amazing to see something this large come completely out of the water with apparent ease, and cause an immense splash upon landing.
Here, this predominately black colored whale spins upside down on to its back while while breaching, with the huge pectoral fins flying in all directions adding extra drama to this leap.
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 10, 2006 · Reference ID: /22006-06-20-19-57-32-1-sequ · Views: 11610 ·
Keywords: balaenopteridae baleen rorqual mysticeti cetacea marine mammal pelagic filter feeder large endangered rare pectoral fins behaviour impressive
Additional Categories: Humpback Whales, June 2006 South Africa Sardine Run - Paul Osmond

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