Ascension

Original Oil on Canvas

24 x 48 inches

Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae

Diet:Omnivore

Size:48 to 62.5 ft (14.6 to 19 m)

Weight:40 tons (36 metric tons)

Did you know:   These whales are found near coastlines, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Humpbacks migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters closer to the Equator. Mothers and their young swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be gestures of affection.

Humpbacks are powerful swimmers, and they use their massive tail fin, called a fluke, to propel themselves through the water and sometimes completely out of it. These whales, like others, regularly leap from the water, landing with a tremendous splash. Scientists aren’t sure if this breaching behavior serves some purpose, such as cleaning pests from the whale’s skin, or whether whales simply do it for fun.

Human Interaction:

  • Noise pollution – These sounds may include sonar, loud jet engines and explosives among other noises.
  • Water pollution – Chemical pollution from oil and other toxic chemicals can have a dramatic affect on whale populations and affect their food supply. Poisoned fish could lead to sickness and death among the whales that consume these foods.
  • Overfishing – Areas that are being over fished could lead to shortages in food supplies which could forces the marine mammals to relocate or deal with having difficulties finding food.

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