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Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae

Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, Rorqual à bosse

Humpback Whale
Megaptera novaeangliae
Rorqual à bosse

Kingdom : Animalia
Subkingdom : Bilateria
Phylum : Chordata
Subphylum : Vertebrata
Superclass : Tetrapoda
Class : Mammalia
Subclass : Theria
Infraclass : Eutheria
Order : Cetacea
Suborder : Mysticeti
Family : Balaenopteridae
Genera : Megaptera
Species : Megaptera novaeangliae
Last verified with ITIS : 4-08-2015
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Description :

The humpback whale measures 11 to 16 m in length. Reaching weights up to 30 tons, females are usually larger than males. The humpback whale looks a little stockier than other whales. They are black on the back, and very pale on the belly. The pectoral fins are very long, the equivalent of one third of the total body length. Many tubercles and protuberances cover the head and fins giving the appearance of a giant pickle. The dorsal fin is not very pronounced. A series of small bumps can be observed from the dorsal fin to the tail.

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Editing participants for this descriptive file :

Editing : FEY Laurent
Translation from French : Jeffrey Gallant

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