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.

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 and 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.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Cape Spear

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 360

  • Cape Spear

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 250

  • Quidi Vidi Harbour

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 200

  • Quidi Vidi Harbour

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 250

  • Tadoussac

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
    4.3-215.0 mm

    Focal Length 148mm
    Shutter Speed 1/160s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 100

Taxonomy

Artiodactyla
Cetacea
Balaenopteridae
Megaptera novaeangliae