Humpback Whales can be found in every ocean in the world and most have migratory routes that they follow religiously each year. This means with some luck; you can encounter them at certain locations fairly reliably at the times of the year that they normally pass by. Encounters normally when you are on the way to dives or on surface intervals, but not always. In some special places in the world they can be encountered in the water too!
Humpbacks can grow to 18 meters long and weigh around 40 tons, even their pectoral fins can grow to a gigantic 5 meters in length! Females grow larger than males and it is particularly noticeable when they are pregnant. Humpbacks have light coloured bellies, dark backs, a small hump in front of their dorsal fin and pleats on their throats.
In areas where Humpbacks are found, even if you don’t see them, you can regularly hear their songs on dives; this makes for a beautiful soundtrack to any dive! The song is thought to be a way of communicating with other Humpbacks and to attract mates. Humpback females are great mothers to their calf’s. They are often seen touching and seemingly comforting their calf. They will mother the calf for around a year, the calf will then keep growing until it reaches the age of 10.
Humpbacks can be spotted, even in the distance when they breach. They breach surprisingly high at times and seem to love doing it! It is thought that they do this behaviour to clean off parasites from their massive body. They also slap their fins on the surface from time to time for similar reasons.
The main threats to Humpback Whales is collisions with boats and entanglement in fishing gear.
Why not take a look at our ‘Dive & Stay’ and ‘Liveaboard’ adventures where you can encounter this animal by clicking on the tabs on the left.