General Description

Body grey-black above with extensive white on lower part of the body, occasionally extending to dorsal surface. Small dorsal fin with curved edge. Flippers on side of body have white underneath and lumps on the front edge. Tail dark on top; white underneath. Water vapour spray from blowhole is a single bushy jet less than 5 m high. Adults can grow up to 18 m long.


Humpback Whales migrate to warmer Australian waters in Hervey Bay and the Great Barrier Reef to breed in winter months. They feed on plankton.


Worldwide. A winter migrant in marine areas of Australia.


Open oceans and near coastlines.

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