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Humpback Whale Sighting

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Cetacean Studies

Humpback Whale Sighting

Jan. 3, 2005

Today we encountered a humpback whale on our way to the NC Maritime Museum’s field station at Cape Lookout. The whale appeared to be a juvenile and was associated with menhaden purse seining boats that were encircling a school of menhaden. Volunteer John Russell got a great photo of the underside of the tail (“flukes”) which can be used to identify the individual whale.

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Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale Flukes
Humpback Whale Flukes

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