All About Humpback Whales

By: Ellie Akins


Humpback Whales feed on krill and small schooling fish such as Haddock, Herring, Salmon, Capelin, Sand Lance, Mackerel, and Pollock. They only feed during the summer, living off their fat reserves during the winter months.

Lots of times they hunt in groups using the technique known as "bubble netting" or "bubble net fishing." They then lunge into the cloud of prey with their mouths wide opened.


Whales size compared to humans:

Humans are only the size of their tail. Or smaller.

Humpback Whale sounds:

Humpack whales make

Other Fun Facts:

~The Humpback's average lifespan is 45-50 years.

~Found in all of the world's oceans, most populations of humpback whales follow a regular migration route,summering in polar and temperate waters for feeding and wintering tropical waters for mating.

~During migration they travel at a speed of 3-9 mph, cover 1000 miles per month, and travel 3100 miles during each seasonal migration with little to no rest.

~They eat about 1 and 1/2 tons of food every day.

~When in danger they can swim up to 15-16.5 miles per hour.

~Humpback whales can dive for 30 minutes (usually only lasting 15 minutes) and can dive to depths up to 500-700 feet.

~Humpback whales only have one calf at a time and after they have a baby they have to wait 2-3 years before having another.


Q. Why do Humpback Whales jump?

A. Either to attract other whales, just for play, or to get get things off of their skin.

Humpback whale calfs:

When born they are 10-15 feet long and weigh a ton.




Size:48 to 62.5 ft (14.6 to 19 m)

Weight:40 tons (36 metric tons)Group name:PodProtection status:EndangeredSize relative to a bus