Humpback Whale

Black and white humpback whale leaping from the ocean
Humpback Whale. ©Tim Hauf,

Quick Facts
Type: Mammal

Diet: Carnivore: Krill, small schooling fish

Average lifespan: 50 years

Average size: Males: Up to 45 ft.; Females: Up to 50 ft.

Average weight: Up to 90,000 lb.

Did You Know?
To catch their prey, humpback whales use a bubble-feeding technique. Once the whale has found a school of fish or krill, it will blow a cloud of bubbles around or below it, trapping the prey and making it easy for the whale to gulp up large amounts of food.

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Last updated: November 9, 2018