humpback whale


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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Recent Examples on the Web The area is home to the beloved but endangered sea turtle as well as the humpback whale and serves as a feeding stopover for many species that migrate from as far away as Alaska and Chile. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Apr. 2022 Suddenly, a humpback whale emerged, exhaled, then dove, trailing its flukes in the air. Christopher P. Baker, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2022 Out in the ocean, a humpback whale and dolphin were swimming together. Kelli Bender,, 17 Feb. 2022 In January, tourists in Maui posted a video of a humpback whale colliding with their 25-foot whale-watching rig. The Editors, Outside Online, 12 Mar. 2015 In 1996 a single humpback whale off the eastern coast of Australia was heard singing a new song, with a dramatically different melodic and rhythmic structure from the songs the eastern whales had been singing. Martha C. Nussbaum, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2022 For much of this time, most cetaceans were little bigger than a humpback whale. Devon Bidal, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Feb. 2022 These machine learning approaches have been used in analyzing humpback whale calls, but not in the fish world yet. ABC News, 23 Jan. 2022 To gauge how thorough this baleen record is, Riekenberg and a team of scientists in the Netherlands recently examined baleen from five whales: three juvenile fin whales, one adult humpback whale and a minke whale of undetermined age. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of humpback whale

1726, in the meaning defined above

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17 Apr 2022

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

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