Defining Characteristics of Humpback Whales

Humpback Whale Mum and Calf

Humpback whales may be the most universally familiar whale in the world. You have probably heard clips of their haunting, mysterious songs, and you’ve probably seen pictures of them breaching, or leaping out of the water. These majestic creatures are immediately recognizable because of their long fins, their distinctive hump, and the distinctive bumps that cover their heads.

If there’s one thing everyone knows about humpback whales, it’s that they can sing. But how, exactly, does that happen? Since whales don’t have vocal cords, it is thought that they “sing” by passing air through their nasal cavities, producing a remarkably complex series of sounds that can last for more than an entire day. Whales can sing at a much broader range of frequencies than humans can hear, so we’re only able to hear part of the music.

If you want to know what it’s like to see a humpback whale for yourself, it’s time to contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. Visit our website for more information about our whale watching tours in Plymouth and our other excursions, or call (508) 746-2643 with your questions.

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