humpback whale

noun

Definition of humpback whale 

: a large baleen whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) that is black above and white below and has very long flippers, and fleshy tubercles along the snout

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Out of San Francisco, the Ocean Society made a trip to the Farallon Islands and sighted 15 humpback whales, five blue whales, one minke whale, 70 Risso’s dolphins, five northern right whale dolphins, and 80 Pacific white-sided dolphins. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 2018 Apparently, the humpback whales are now in the process of migrating north from the waters off of Mexico, their winter breeding territory. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "WATCH: Thousands of Friendly Dolphins Guide and Play with Baby Humpback Whale," 5 June 2018 The incident prompted Australia to carve out extra protections for humpback whales that are more than 90 percent white — which, as far as anyone knows, is a category that includes just Migaloo and one other humpback. Samantha Drake, chicagotribune.com, "Albino animals are at such risk that people built an island to protect one orangutan," 11 May 2018 Buy Photo A rescue team has saved a juvenile humpback whale that had been entangled in a line for months in an operation Wednesday off the New Jersey coast, the federal fisheries agency said Thursday. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Rescue team saves entangled humpback whale off New Jersey coast," 12 July 2018 Such a sanctuary wasn't a possibility for Migaloo, a white humpback whale that has been making appearances off eastern Australia for decades. Samantha Drake, chicagotribune.com, "Albino animals are at such risk that people built an island to protect one orangutan," 11 May 2018 Out on the briny green, salmon and striped bass are jumping in the boat, and the humpback whales are just plain jumping. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 2018 In the past, several whale species, including the humpback whale, have been spotted in the Red Sea. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Huge Blue Whale Sighted in the Red Sea for the First Time," 2 June 2018 And bowheads' sounds are some of the most intricate of all the creatures in kingdom Animalia, including their much ballyhooed singing cousins, humpback whales. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Scientists discover a whale species' mating songs are as complex as jazz," 4 Apr. 2018

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humpback whale

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English Language Learners Definition of humpback whale

: a type of large whale that has a curved back and very long flippers

humpback whale

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Kids Definition of humpback whale

: a large whale that is black above and white below and has very long flippers

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