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  • HUMPBACK WHALE (Megaptera novaeanglia)

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    HUMPBACK WHALE (Megaptera novaeanglia)

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    The Humpback Whale is quite spectacular undergoing the longest migration of any mammal (5176miles/8334km one way), attracting females by singing to them and of course their energetic nature. On many occasions humpbacks have been seen breaching, tail slapping, fin slapping, blowing bubbles and spy hopping just to mention a few. The humpback is also one of the larger whales we encounter on our whale watching tours.


    13-17 meters


    25-40 tons

    Life expectancy:

    95 years

    Est. population around Iceland:


    Social behaviour:

    Like to travel in a pair but more may come together in feeding and mating grounds.


    Schooling fish, krill


    Mysticeti – Baleen Whale


    Balaenopteridae – Rorqual

    IUCN Listing:

    Least Concern

    Major threats:

    Climate change, noise and chemical pollution, marine debris, human disturbance, habitat loss and entanglement in fishing lines and nets.


    Hnúfubakur, Buckelwal, Rorqual à bosse, Pukkelhval, Knølhval, Ballenajorobada