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Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae

The humpback whale is the largest whale you might see of BC’s coast. They are about 15 m long and weight up to 40 tonenes. They are seen of BC’s coast in the summer months but overwinter in either Mexico or Hawaii’s waters.

Large whales like the humpback whale are back in BC’s waters! Always follow the Be Whale Wise Guidelines but with extra caution around humpbacks, as they have more unpredictable movement, and appear not to hear boats.

The whale populations have been steadily increasing since the end of active whaling on our coast. At that point, it was believed that the population along our coast was as low as 1400. Three of the threats facing the humpback’s recovery on our coast are 1. entanglement in fishing gear, 2. vessel strikes, and 3. potential prey shortages. You can Sponsor a Humpback Whale through the Marine Education and Research Society.


Reference: Wild Whales,  Marine Education and Research Society