The Humpback Whale
The humpback whale is one of the largest mammals in the sea. These whales migrate up to 25,000 kilometers each year to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. This journey takes them through the pacific where they visit the Pitcairn Islands and New Zealand. There are around 80,000 humpback whales worldwide. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpbacks are now sought out by whale-watchers, particularly in the south pacific.
Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales range in length from 12—16 meters and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms. They possess a distinctive body shape that is reflected in their name which describes the motion they make as they arch their back out of the water in preparation for a dive.