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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Recent Examples on the Web In a small town called Eden off the coast of southeastern Australian, orca pods would alert whalers and heard humpback whales that swam through these waters every year towards the Twofold Bay area. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2023 There are two distinct populations of humpback whales in West Coast waters. Ed Komenda, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2023 Near the end of the film, a group of conservationists encounters the massive carcass of a humpback whale far from the shore. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 24 July 2023 Meanwhile, a 2028 study looking at humpback whales in Japan's Ogasawara Islands observed that the whales stopped vocalizing altogether when a cargo vessel passed within 1,400 meters, ununderscoring yet again how noise pollution can negatively impact these marine life. Gabriella Sotelo, Treehugger, 14 July 2023 His pro tip is to bring binoculars to spot the humpback whales migrating offshore in winter. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, 2 Nov. 2023 Officials made the call to protect humpback whales that have been spotted in the Bay Area throughout October. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 31 Oct. 2023 The most concentrated population of humpback whales will be in Maui the months of January, February, and March, specifically in the Maui Nui Basin area along the west coast of the island. Matt Ortile, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Oct. 2023 Direct competition with marine mammals seems inevitable — a reality dramatically underscored when four juvenile humpback whales were entangled by a Norwegian krill boat in 2021 and 2022. Joshua Goodman, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of humpback whale was in 1726

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“Humpback whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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humpback whale

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

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