Fascinating Facts about the Humpback Whale
The humpback whale is one of the most easily recognized whale species on the planet. Known for their magical songs and incredible size, humpback whales are truly one of the most awe-inspiring animals in the sea. When you embark on a whale watching tour, you will get a rare opportunity to be within feet of these graceful mammals. If you want to impress your family and friends during the whale watching cruise, memorize these fascinating facts about the humpback whale.
Diet and Feeding Habits
Adult humpback whales can measure between 40 and 50 feet and weigh up to 40 tons! If you guessed that these giant whales eat a lot, you guessed right. Each humpback whale eats more than one tone of food a day. The humpback whale’s diet consists of krill (small, shrimp-like crustaceans) and various kinds of small fish. Humpbacks feed by circling around schools of krill or fish and making a cylindrical net of bubbles. The whales then swim into the concentrated cloud of food with mouths wide open.
Swimming and Diving
Although humpback whales are not known for their speed (they typically swim between three and nine miles per hour), they can reach speeds up to 16.5 mph in bursts when in danger. When feeding, humpbacks travel at speeds below three mph. Humpback whales can dive for up to 30 minutes, but they usually dive for 15 minutes at a time. Humpbacks can dive to depths up to 700 feet.
Perhaps the most interesting fact about the humpback whale is also their most mysterious. The song of the humpback can be heard up to 20 miles away, and a typical song last for 10 to 20 minutes. Each whale song changes gradually from year to year, and it is the males that do most of the singing. This has led scientists to believe that these complex songs are a part of the whale’s mating behavior.
Now that you armed with some fun facts about humpback whales, catch the next boat out of Plymouth Harbor and cruise alongside these majestic creatures. Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours guarantees whale sightings, and our tours last between 3.5 and 4.5 hours. Contact us online or call (508) 746-2643 to learn more about or whale watching tours .