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  • 20 May, 2020

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Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

  • The humpback whale is one of the four species of baleen whales occurring in Indian waters.
  • Characteristic baleen plates and paired blowholes help distinguish baleen whales from toothed whales.
  • These whales strain huge volumes of ocean water through their baleen plates to capture food
  • Humpback Whales migrate annually from the summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters closer to the Equator.
  • They are found near coastlines, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish.
  • The Arabian Sea humpback whales are the only sedentary whales in the world, feeding and breeding in the same area.
  • Researchers from the Environment Society of Oman have tagged a female humpback whale named “Luban” to track its movement via satellite.
  • It started its journey from Oman, heading towards the east and reached off the coast of Goa after two months.
  • Even though the IUCN Red List categorises humpback whales as of ‘least concern, it recognised the distinct Arabian Sea population as ‘endangered’ in 2008.

Source: TH


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