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2006-06-20-22-33-16

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

This Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) spy hops off the coast of the Wild Coast region of South Africa near the town of Port St Johns.
A Humpback Whale spy hops by vertically bringing the top half of their body out of the water. It is amazing to see something this large come out of the water with apparent ease, and cause an immense splash upon landing even on a large spy hop rather than a full breech.
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 September 28, 2006 · Reference ID: /22006-06-20-22-33-16 · Views: 4490 ·
Keywords: balaenopteridae baleen rorqual mysticeti cetacea marine mammal pelagic filter feeder large endangered rare spyhop spyhopping behaviour impressive

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