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10 Things you didn’t know about Humpback Whales

By admin | July 15, 2015

The Humpback whale watching season is in full swing. If you’re heading to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or Brisbane to embark on a Journey to view these majestic creatures and haven’t finalised your accommodation let ULTIQA Resorts take care of this for you.

In the spirit of this season the following are 10 facts you didn’t know about Humpback Whales.

1.No Teeth

The whales do not have any teeth. Instead they have baleen plates which are fringes of hair which act as a filter for the whale.

2.Growth

Calves of the Humpback whale continue to grow in size until the age of 10.They can grow to around 12 – 19 meters long and weigh up to 40 tons.

humpback3. Songs of the Humpback Whale

The songs can travel for large distances through the ocean (up to 32 km). The songs are often made up of moans, howls and cries. This is the way the whales communicate with each other and often attract potential mates.

4.Blow Holes

Humpback Whales have two blow holes. Each blow hole facilities a lung, which makes sense considering they are the size of a small car.

Bluewhale2_noaa5. Baby Whales

A baby whale is around one tonne when they are born. They can also suckle up to 600 litres of milk a day from their mothers.

6. Tricks

One of the most common tricks to see a humpback whale do is breaching. This is where they jump high out of the water and land slapping the water. It’s unsure whether this is something they do for fun or it’s a way to get rid of pests living on their skin.

Humpback_stellwagen_edit7. Life expectancy

The life expectancy of Humpback Whales is 45 – 50 years

8.Barnacles

At least 3 different types of barnacles live on the body and flippers of the whale. As well as, Whale lice and Cyamus Boopis.

9. Slow moving creatures

The whales migrate at 5 – 14 kph, but can reach speeds of up to 26.5kph when they are in danger. However if a whale is feeding the speed decreases to 2 – 5 kph.

10. No Vocal cords

The biggest mystery about Humpback Whales is how they produce the sound in their songs, as they actually have no vocal cords. Some think it’s how they circulate air through their respiratory system, but nothing has been proven.

 

Don’t miss the whales on their migration journey. There are various tours throughout South East Queensland which provide up close action to the majestic creatures.

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