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Fact of the Day: Humpback Whale

Posted Mon, Aug 16, 2010 by MollyH to baleen whales, bubble-netting, Fact of the Day, herring, humpback whales, krill, mackerel, plankton

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Humpback Whale (credit: Wanetta Ayers)

Today’s FOTD is about the humpback whale. These giants grow up to 50 feet long and weigh up to 40 tons. They are highly migratory and spend their summers feeding in the nutrient-rich polar waters and travel to tropical waters to breed.

There is little food for humpbacks in the warm waters of the tropics so they essentially live off their fat reserves, which they build up during their summers in the polar waters.


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