Icelandic Humpbacks


The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh around 25–30 metric tons (28–33 short tons).

Humpbacks are found in every ocean and seas around the world and have the longest migration route of any mammal on eart. They can swim up to 25,000 km (16,000 mi) each year. They feed in polar waters, f.eks. around Iceland and migrate to tropical waters for mating and giving birth. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish like mackerel. 

Humpback whales have the longest flippers of any whales. We separate humpback whales into different families according to their migration route in the North Atlantic, North Pacific and Southern Oceans. The North Atlantic humpback whales swims from its pacific mating area up to their feeding grounds around Iceland. They can easily be distinctive by their huge WHITE flippers which are black on the the pacific humpback. Some biologists believe that these families should be regarded as separate subspecies and that they are evolving independently.

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