Monthly Archives: September 2010

Whale Songs

Humpback whales are one of the most easily identifiable cetacean species from above the water. No two humpback whales are identical. The black and white pigmentation on the undersides of the flukes are used by experts to identify individuals, these marks are as unique as human fingerprints. Using this technique, experts have been able to […]

Threats to Whale Species

Humpback whales, as you might have been discovering, are one of the most spectacular creatures in our oceans. Due to their huge migration routes and wide distribution, very little information is known about their life cycle but due to dedicated researchers new discoveries are being made all the time. Many species such as the Humpback […]

The acrobatic giants of the seas

The Humpback whale is one of the most energetic of the larger whales. Measuring between 11.5 and 15m and weighing approximately 25.3 tonnes in adulthood, the humpback whale is easy to identify with its unique flukes, knobbly head and unmistakably long flippers (which are approximately a third of its body length). Humpback whales are known […]

Humpback Whales – Mating and Migration

Humpbacks live in distinct populations in either the north or south hemispheres. Their migration consists of travelling between high-latitude, cold water areas and low-latitude, warm water areas. This migration takes the entire year. In the winter Humpbacks can be found in low-latitude, warm water areas where they breed. These areas include; the waters off Japan, […]

First Humpback Whale Sighting of 2010!

Finally, the first Humpback whale sighting of the current expedition (and the year) took place on the 20th August 2010. Despite their 25 tonne frame and commanding presence, the ‘megaptera novaeangilae’ of the Southern hemisphere, whose seasonal migratory path panes East Africa every year, had so far been elusive to GVI. We had heard numerous […]