Humpback whale's flipper

Humpback whale's flipper

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Credit: CHRISTOPHER SWANN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Humpback whale's flipper. This whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) often holds its flipper out of the water before beating the surface with it, possibly as a form of communication. Its flippers can reach 5 metres in length and are the largest appendages of any animal. It is found throughout the world's oceans, feeding on fish and krill. Adult humpback whales weigh around 27 tonnes and can reach 15 metres in length. Photographed in the Gulf of California, Mexico.

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