Megaptera novaeangliae

Humpback Whale at Maroubra, NSW

Megaptera novaeangliae at Maroubra, NSW - 30 Jun 2024
Megaptera novaeangliae at Maroubra, NSW - 30 Jun 2024
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Megaptera novaeangliae 2 Jul 2024 MichaelBedingfield
Megaptera novaeangliae 1 Jul 2024 CarbonAI
Megaptera novaeangliae 1 Jul 2024 BenW

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Migrating north along the coastline. Several seen flukign and one breaching, but I was mostly using a scope so unfortunately I do not have photos of this behaviour.

3 comments

   2 Jul 2024
Hi Ben. How are you sure that it is a Humpback Whale?
BenW wrote:
   2 Jul 2024
Hi Michael, the second photo shows that the dorsal projection has a hump-like base and a stubby fin, which is characteristic of humpbacks. In contrast, I believe that minke and southern right whales (the other local whales) have a steep, curved fin and no fin, respectively.
   2 Jul 2024
Thank you

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