whale1Order Cetartiodactyla

Family Balaenopteridae

Scientific Name

Megaptera novaeangliae

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An acrobatic animal known for breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectorals, it is extremely popular with whale watchers off the coasts of Australasia and the Americas

Size and Weight

Length: 12–16 metres (39–52 ft)

Weight: 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb)

Habitat

Tropical and subtropical waters

Distribution

Panama, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Tasmania, Wadden Sea, Philippines, Sea of Japan, Sea of Okhotsk

Diet

Atlantic herring, Atlantic salmon, capelin, American sand lance, Atlantic mackerel, pollock, haddock, krill and copepods

Reproduction

1

Population

80,000

Lifespan

45 – 100 years

Speed

15 – 16.5 mph (24 – 26.5 km/h)

Nature

Migratory species

Conservation Status

Least Concern