Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale is an endangered species of baleen whale found in oceans and seas all around the world but population is fast declining due to over-hunting. Information and facts provided by wildlife conservation researches in 2008 show it was once in the brink of extinction but has made a dramatic comeback.

Scientific Name

Megaptera novaeangliae

Features and Facts

  • Humpback Whales range 12-16 meters in length

  • Has a stocky body with hump and black color

  • Weighs 36,000 kilos

  • Long tail fin in black and white and unique pattern on pectoral fins

  • Blows or exhales water through blow holes as high as 10-20 feet

  • Males are known to produce songs and can sing continuously for as long as 24 hours

Humpback Whale Conservation

Major reasons for Humpback Whale population decline are deaths caused by entanglement in fishing gear, or by colliding with ships. Noise pollution is also a major concern. It has improved from its status of being in the vulnerable category and is listed in the Endangered Species Act.

Endangered species in India

Critically Endangered - Ganges Shark | Pygmy Hog | Himalayan Wolf | Indian Vulture

Endangered - Asiatic Black Bear | Snow Leopard | Wild Cat | Sei Whale | Banteng | Asian Arowana | Red Panda | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Asiatic Lion | Royal Bengal Tiger | Markhor | Fin Whale | Olive Ridley Turtle | Lion Tailed Macaque | Chiru | Indus River Dolphin

Vulnerable - Takin | Brown Bear | Humpback Whale | Slow Loris | Clouded Leopard | Tiger | Gaur | Goral | Mouflon | Fishing Cat | Sloth Bear | Blackbuck | Asiatic Golden Cat | Wild Yak | Barasingha | Wild Goat | Indian Wolf | Dhole | Dugong | Indian Fox | Sperm Whale | Ganges River Dolphin | Lesser Panda | Golden Jackal | Marbled Cat

Threatened - Indian Wild Ass | Leopard | Red Fox | Kashmiri Stag