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Humpback Whale Behaviors

When the humpback whale powers out of the water using the fluke and falls back to the water with a great splash.

Round Out or Peduncle Arch and Diving
Many times we spot the humpback whales rolling to the surface several times and showing the dorsal fin on the whales back, blowing and taking fresh breaths. When the whale rolls its humpback out of the water and then lifts its tail in the air it is getting ready to dive. Humpback whales dive on average 10 to 15 minutes, so patience is very important. Humpback whales can stay under for as long as 45 minutes. In one study done around Maui and utilizing a suction cup attached depth meter, a whale was tracked to a depth of 197 meters or 587 feet.

Tail Slap
Often making a loud slapping that can easily be heard, the humpback whale will slap the waters surface with the fluke or tail fin, possibly warning other whales.

Pectoral or Pec Slap
Another fairly common sight is humpback whales laying on their side and slapping the water with one or both pectoral or side fins. Pec slapping is thought to be a communication or possible warning to other whales.

Head Rise or Spy Hop
A head rise is when the whale slowly rises vertically until its head is straight up out of the water. This may be an effort to look around and see what is going on above the water.

Head Lunge
The whale aggressively lunges forward with its head out of the water. This is thought to be a competitive move by the humpback whale.

Peduncle Slap or Lobtail
When the whale raises the fluke from the water and thrashes it from side to side slapping the base of the tail or the caudal peduncle on the surface of the water in an aggressive manner.

Whale Songs
Whale’s songs have been heard throughout the centuries of human interaction with whales. They were first heard and recorded with a microphone in 1961. The songs often vary between years, pods and populations around the world. Though males and females can vocalize, only males are thought to sing distinct and organized songs. It is thought male humpback whales usually sing only on the breeding grounds.The underwater vocals of male humpback whales can sometimes be heard by divers, snorkelers and boaters.


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