Humpback whales are amazing mammals. The scientific name for a Humpback Whale is Megaptera Novaenglie, meaning big wing of New England. The word wing refers to the humpback whale’s long flippers on the sides of its body. Humpback whales get their name from the dorsal fin that sits on top of the large hump on their back. Learn more about them with these Humpback Whale Facts for Kids
What is a Humpback Whale?
Humpback Whales are marine mammals. Humpback Whales are in the baleen whale family.
What do Humpback Whales Look Like?
Humpback whales are black or brown in color with white bellies. They have 2 blowholes on the top of their heads that they use to breathe. Humpback whales have a dorsal fin on their backs, two long flippers on their sides, and a long T-shaped tail. Female humpback whales a larger than males. A female can be up to 56 ft long, males are 50ft long. Humpback whales can weigh between 25-40 tons. Adult humpback whales can weigh more than 5 adult elephants!
Humpback Whales are found in all the oceans around the world.