PORT PHILLIP BAY


Humpback Whale 

Megaptera novaeangliae

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Mammalia
Order:
Cetacea
Family:
Balaenopteridae
Genus:
Megaptera
Species:
novaeangliae

General Description

Body grey-black. Dorsal fin with curved edge. Fins on side of body have white underneath and lumps on the front edge. Tail dark on top, white underneath. Water spray from blowhole is a single vertical jet less than 5 m high. Up to 18 m long.

Biology

Humpback Whales migrate to warmer Australian waters in Harvey Bay and the Great Barrier Reef to breed in winter months.

Habitat

Open oceans and near coastlines.

Open water

Distribution guide

Worldwide.

Species Group

Mammals Whales and dolphins

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

Surface Midwater

Max Size

18 m

Diet

Plankton or Particles

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Vulnerable
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Vulnerable
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern
  • CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix I)

Author

article author Fitzgerald, E.

Dr. Erich Fitzgerald is a Senior Curator of palaeontology at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author Jefferies, R.

Dr. Ryan Jefferies is a volunteer online editor at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Fitzgerald, E. & Jefferies, R., 2011, Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4189

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