Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world's oceans. As humpbacks are often easily approachable and curious, it will not be dangerous to dive with them.
On Dive Report we list whale and dolphin species in our animal calendar, but please be aware that with Humpback Whales this does not necessarily mean that you can easily dive with them in the locations listed. We have included them as there is a chance of them being spotted from the boat in transit or between dives, which is still exciting adding to the overall dive trip experience.
A humpback whale can easily be identified by its stocky body with an obvious hump and black dorsal coloring. There are four global populations: North Pacific, Atlantic, Southern Ocean humpbacks, and Indian Ocean population. Fully grown, males average 15 to 16m, Females are slightly larger (16 to 17m). Humpbacks average 40 tons and can live up to 48 years.
Humpback whales are found near coastlines, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Humpbacks migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters closer to the Equator and then migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth.
Due to over-hunting, there population fell by an estimated 90% before a whaling moratorium was introduced in 1966. Stocks have since partially recovered. However, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and noise pollution also remain concerns. There are at least 80,000 humpback whales worldwide and most monitored stocks of humpback whales have rebounded well since the end of commercial whaling, such as the North Atlantic where stocks are now believed to be approaching pre-hunting levels. Nevertheless, some species are considered endangered in some countries, including the United States. The United Kingdom, among other countries, designated the humpback as a priority species under the national Biodiversity Action Plan.
More detailed information about Humpback Whales can be found here.
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