The Humpback whale has a stocky body with a broad, rounded head and extremely long flippers, which can be up to one third of the animal’s total length (up to 16m). There is a series of knobbly protuberances on the head, jaws and flippers, which often have large barnacles growing on their summits. There is a noticeable rounded projection near the tip of the lower jaw, and the posterior margin of the tail flukes is scalloped and may also have barnacles growing along it. The large baleen plates are black, as are the back and sides of the body and sometimes the undersides although it is more usual for the belly to have some white on it. The flippers and underside of the tail flukes are usually mostly white, and the pattern on the flukes has been found to be unique for each individual.
Blowing and surfacing characteristics of the Humpback whale
Participants must be fit & well and know of no reason why they should not undertake the voyage . If in doubt please consult your doctor.
Children should be of the requisite age for the tour being undertaken ; ie whale watch winter season 8 yrs ; spring season 12 years; nature watch full day 12 years