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Humpback Whale  - Megaptera novaeangliae

Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae

The humpback whale is a species found in all oceans, migrating up to 25'000 km each year. Humpbacks feed in polar waters and mate and give birth in tropical and subtropical waters.

Common Names

How to Identify

If lucky, I see them breaching the water surface and with a glimpse on their long, uniquely shaped, thin pectoral fins they are easy to identify. Also, the way how they jump and fall back is a good clue. If they surface only to breath, the small dorsal fins and the characteristic display of the tail fin are hints.

Where & When to Spot

I saw them on a boat trip near Tadoussac in the middle of Saint Lawrence River, and frequently from the beach along the coast near St. John's, NL where they can get pretty close to the beach.

Humpback Whale Flapping Pectoral Fin

Humpback Whales flapping the pectoral fin can be observed quite frequently. What makes this recording extraordinary is how close the cameraman was while recording. Note with which power the fin hits the water surface and because the whale swims on its side, you can see the whale’s right eye.

Recorded August 23, 2021 in Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park by Karl-Heinz Müller

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Humpback Whale Showing Fluke

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Humpback Whale Flapping Pectoral Fin

Humpback Whale Flapping Pectoral Fin

Rarely seen so close. Flapping pectoral fin on the water.

- August 25, 2021

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 135mm; Exposure 1/2500; Aperture f/20; Iso 2000;
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Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale showing its fluke shortly before diving.

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - August 23, 2021

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/18; Iso 640;
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Fluke of a Humpback Whale

Fluke of a Humpback Whale

Individual Humpback Whales are identified based on the pattern on lower side of the fluke.

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - August 23, 2021

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/18; Iso 640;
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Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Cape Spear - August 19, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 360;
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Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Cape Spear - August 19, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 250;
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Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Quidi Vidi Harbour - August 12, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 200;
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Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Quidi Vidi Harbour - August 12, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 250;
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Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

First sighting of a Humpback whale. Showing its fluke before diving for food.

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - August 19, 2013

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215.0 mm; Focal Length 148mm; Exposure 1/160; Aperture f5.6; Iso 100;
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