Humpback Whales

Quentin R. Walsh

in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034799
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039688 | DOI:
Humpback Whales

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The humpback does not resemble any other species of whale. In build as well as in color, it differs to the extent that a person will hardly make a mistake in identifying it, even if it is only occasionally sighted at sea. The spouting of this whale is also so characteristic that whalers recognize it from a long distance. The humpback spout is about ten or fifteen feet high. On a calm day and at a distance it seems to grow out of the atmosphere; under such conditions it can be seen for at least eight miles. The playfulness of this whale often betrays its presence to hunters because they discover the clouds of spray thrown up during the antics long before they would otherwise have seen it.

Keywords: humpback; whalers; spout; atmosphere; hunters

Chapter.  23367 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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