Humpback whale lobtailing

Humpback whale lobtailing

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Caption: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) lobtailing. This behaviour is where a whale or dolphin lifts its tail flukes out of the water and brings them down onto the surface to make a loud slapping sound. This humpback whale is part of the Tongan tribe population, which migrates from feeding grounds in Antarctica, past New Zealand to breed in tropical waters around Tonga in the Pacific. The humpback whale can grow to 27 tonnes in weight and 15 metres in length. It feeds in cold waters on krill and small shoaling fish, breeding in shallower tropical waters. Photographed off Niue.

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