Humpback whale

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12??"16m and weigh about 36,000kg. The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviors, making it popular with whale watchers.

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  • In Search For The The Big Blue Whale A Balyena Org Volunteer Experience

    In Search For The The Big Blue Whale A Balyena Org Volunteer Experience

    So I been wanting to do this for a long time.To volunteer for a Non Governmental Organization. Since I'm a mermaid I followed quite a number of most Philippine based NGO for marine conservation such as Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, Greenpeace-Ph, Save Philippine Seas,Oceana-Ph, Ocean Conservancy and, I been supporting their cause even by just sharing post online as form of information dissemination.

    Last year I really really wanted to join's Humpback Whale Expedition in Southern tip of Philippines- the Babuyanes Island for summer season. I send my volunt ...

  • Whalesong Interrupted

    Whalesong Interrupted

    Crossbow in hand, Jo Marie Acebes strides the deck of the outrigger fishing boat she has refitted for tracking whales off the Philippines' Babuyan Islands. She's scanning for a target in the very same waters that Herman Melville extolled as the gateway to the Yankee whalers' Pacific hunting grounds in Moby Dick.

    On the deck, the sounds are as placid as the vista of flat, steely ocean stretching to the horizon. Nothing to be heard but the whistling wind and the slap of gentle waves against the hull.

    But 20 meters down, where Acebes has suspended an underwater microphone, there's an entire ...

  • Humpbacks Lure Whale Watchers To Babuyan

    Humpbacks Lure Whale Watchers To Babuyan

    A distant splash breaks the flat gold sheen of the ocean off the Babuyan island group.

    "One o'clock, three kilometers," Jo Marie Acebes yells. The captain of her outrigger changes course.

    The chase is on for a photo shoot of humpback whales of the North Pacific in their southernmost breeding ground. Annually, these creatures??"each the length of a basketball court and weighing 22,000 to 36,000 kilograms??"migrate from the Arctic to these balmy Babuyan waters to mate and breed.

    This also makes the remote islands stage to one of the world's least understood underwater symphonies. Humpba ...

  • Weird New Sound Heard Among Humpback Whales

    Weird New Sound Heard Among Humpback Whales

    The heartbeat-like sound is barely audible to humans, but if scientists are correct that it's made by humpbacks, it could change our understanding of the whales' winter behavior.

    Humpback whales are renowned crooners, belting out soulful songs that have come to symbolize not just their own intrigue, but deep mysteries of the ocean in general.

    These songs have entranced humans for decades, ever since they were first recorded by U.S. scientists in the 1960s. They even went multi-platinum with the 1970 album "Songs of the Humpback Whale," which helped transform the animals' public image and ...

  • Another Beached Wounded Dolphin Found In Laoag City

    Another wounded pan-tropical spotted dolphin (Stennela attenuate) was beached in the coastal barangay of Navotas-B here in Laoag City on the evening of Sept. 23, said Arthur Valente, fishery regulatory officer of the Provincial Agriculture Office.

    According to Mr. Valente, residents saw the young adult male dolphin with at least two old wounds??"measuring 2x3 centimeters at the left ventral side beside the umbilicus and a 4 centimeter slit above the genital area. The beached dolphin looks skinny and it measures 197 centimeters and weighs approximately 85 kilograms.

    Based on initial repor ...

  • Marine Wildlife Expert Lectures On Research And Conservation

    Marine Wildlife Expert Lectures On Research And Conservation

    Butanding Network founder Elson Aca presented a lecture on "Marine Wildlife Research and Conservation in the Philippines" at the Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences (IEMS) Conference Room on September 19.

    His talk covered four groups of large marine vertebrates in the Philippines: dugongs, cetaceans (whales and dolphins), sea turtles, and elasmobranchs (sharks and rays). Most species in these taxa are threatened species and need to be protected not only to preserve the country's rich biodiversity but more importantly, to maintain ecological balance.

    In his lecture, Elson stres ...