Whales of the Silver Bank - Behaviors/Anatomy

breachingBreaching
There are four types of breaching you will witness during your Whales of the Silver Bank Expedition. A spinning head breach, chin breach, tail...

lob tailing Lob Tailing
Lob tailing is when the whale raises its tail or fluke out of the water and slams it down on to the surface. When witnessed it is usually...

fin slapping Fin Slapping
Fin slapping is when the whale lies on its side, or its back and raises its pectoral fin out of the water, then slaps its fin on the surface of...

dorasl fin Dorsal Fin
The dorsal fin is very fleshy and consists of cartilage, blubber and skin. When the humpback comes to the surface and arches its back...

pectoral fin Pectoral Fin
The pectoral fin is approximately 1/3 the body length of the humpback whale. Pectoral fins are believed to be used similar to stabilizers or...

flukeing Flukes & Fluking
The humpbacks fluke or tail fin is very broad and flat, ranging in size from 10 to 15 feet wide and are capable of propelling the whale at over...

blow holes Blow Holes & Blows
The blowholes are equipped with nasal plugs, which remain closed until forced open by respiratory contractions. Humpback whales are...

spy hopping Spy Hopping
A spy hop is when the whale raises its head out of the water, typically straight up and down, looking to see what is around them. Traveling...

rowdy groups Rowdy Groups
A rowdy group or competitive group is when whales, typically males, compete for the position next to the female in estrous. Their whole...

 

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