the humpback whale

Every year, we have the great privilege to become observers of an emblematic specie, the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). The observation of these leviathans of the seas always provide an exceptional feeling and an opportunity to learn more about them.

The humpback whale is the most commonly observed whale in French Polynesia from July to December. However the first sighting may occur earlier. As a migratory specie, the humpback whale comes from Antarctica (the feeding zone) to give live birth, mate and nurse their calves in our warm tropical waters. The presence of the male singers, mating observations and new born calves support that French Polynesia is a breeding ground for this south hemisphere population. These observations occurs mainly near the shores, sometimes even in the lagoons

Specie : Megaptera novaeangliae

Size : 35 to 60 feet

Weight: 30 T

Reproduction: every 2 to 3 years

Gestation: 10 to 12 months

Nursing : 6 to 12 months

Measurement at birth: 13 to 16 feet

Weight: 1 500 lbs. to 1 T

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