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Great Whales


Humpback whale

One of the best known whales because of their distinctive flippers and tail flukes, their acrobatic "breaching", and for the singing males on the breeding grounds.

Once heavily exploited, the humpback has been protected since the mid-1960s and is increasing in many parts of the world. There are probably now more than 30,000 in the Southern Hemisphere, 15,000 in the North Atlantic and 18,000 in the North Pacific. Four whales per year can be taken by aboriginal subsistence hunters in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Status: Least concern

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