Ever wonder what whales are doing when they pop their heads out of the water or flip their tails? Scientist have spent time studying whale behavior, creating terminology and analyzing these surface behaviors, so we’re going to give you a crash course in their finds!
When a humpback whale lifts its giant fluke or tail out of the water and throws it back into the ocean it’s called a Tail Throw. This is performed many times by female humpback whales that may be attempting to attract the attention of male humpbacks interested in mating.
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The female humpback whale will raise her giant pectoral fin or arm fin out of the water and repeatedly slap it back down on the surface of the water. This is also believed to draw in the adult male humpback whales that are in the area for possible interest in mating.
The humpback whale floating vertically in the water and lifting its whole rostrum or head out of the water is a Spy
Mugging is when a humpback whale approaches your boat closer than 100 yards on its own. Our boats are small and non-threatening, which encourages these curious, gentle giants to swim right up to our boat and check us out!
Breaching is that epic movement when the whale propels itself out of the water, creating a powerful display above the water and landing back on the surface creating a giant splash. Scientist
Now you can take your friends on a whale watch and be the naturalist onboard, teaching them about humpback whale behavior!