Humpback Whale

Endangered Species in North Carolina

What is the Humpback whale?

The common name for this species is the Humpback Whale because of the shape of its dorsal fin and the way it looks when the animal is diving. Its scientific name, Megaptera, means, "large-winged" and refers to its long, white, wing-like flippers. The Humpback Whale can be found in the Coastal Plain Region in North Carolina.

Extinction of the Humpback Whale

Whales are endangered from a variety of threats, most of which are the direct result of human activities. In the past century, many of the large whale species were hunted almost to extinction by commercial whaling. Some other reasons include Entanglement, Climate Change, and Ship Strikes. Many things are being done to protect extinction of Humpback Whales. Now the hunts are banned in many areas of the world. Scientists are working on conserving the whale's habitat. Something we can do in the future is send letters to our representatives in Congress in support of passing bills that will provide long term funding at the state and federal levels for wildlife and wild places.