Humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae grow to about 40 tons and 50 feet. They are endangered and had been nearly wiped out by the 1960s due to fishing. There are about 8000 estimated remaining on the planet. They feed in polar waters, then migrate to tropical waters to breed and calve. Killer Whales eat them in the northern waters. That predatory whale species does not live in tropical waters, which is why calving takes place so for south. The name Megaptera novaeangliae translates to Big Winged New Englander. These photos were taken off Lahaina, Maui on the Pacific Ocean. For a great whale watching experience see http://www.pacificwhale.org/ - Robin Robinson Maine
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