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2009 Digital Calender photo description

“Humpback Whale Mother and Calf”


Humpback whales migrate over 5000 km at the change of the seasons between polar regions

and the temperate warm waters where they give birth to their calves. The calf stays with its mother learning the routes and living off her milk. The calf will swim alongside its mother enjoying the energy savings of slipstreaming to allow it to make the mighty journey and enjoy the protection

from predators such as Killer Whales. It is estimated that there are over 10 000-15 000 Humpback Whales world-wide. Humpback Whales are an endangered species.


Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae


The Humpback Whale is a Baleen Whale that sings amazing songs. The name "Humpback" describes the motion it makes as it arches its back out of the water in preparation for a dive. They grow to be about 16 m long, weighing 30-50 tons. The gestation period is about 11-12 months and the calf can swim within thirty minutes of its birth. The calf is about 4.3 m long and weighs about 2.5 tons. The calf drinks 45 litres of milk each day and may stay together with its mother for a year or longer 

Nikon D70,  6.1 megapixel resolution,  Nikon AF 16mm Fisheye F2.8  lens, Housed in Sea & Sea D70 housing 1/125th sec @ f6.3. ISO200 taken while free diving at depth of 15 m within the islands of Tonga in the Pacific

Photograph by Andrew Woodburn