During the height of the whaling industry in the 17th and 18th century, the humpback whale was fished nearly to extinction. Thankfully, their stocks have recovered since legislation was introduced in the 1960’s. They are currently classified as least concern on the IUCN’s red list, although they are still somewhat threatened by large fishing nets and collisions with vessels in shipping lanes.
- Recommended Age: 3
- Size in cm: 35.20 L x 18 W x 10.5 H
- Size in in: 13.86 L x 7.09 W x 4.13 H
NAME: Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Balaenopteridae LENGTH: 50 ft (15 m) WEIGHT: 49.5 t (44,906 kg) HABITAT: Polar seas in the summer, tropical seas in the winter SCALE: 1:40 Humpback whales are singing stars. Humpback whales are famous for the haunting songs they sing at their breeding grounds. The males compose elaborate melodies of hums and moans that may attract females or warn off other males. Humpbacks change their songs a bit throughout the year. By the next breeding season, they??re singing a new tune. Humpbacks were once hunted almost to extinction.