Humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781)
Suborder: Mysticeti Family: Balaenopteridae
Sightings in Madeira
April, May, October and November
Large, uniquely shaped body with black or dark grey upper side
Extremely long arm-like black or white flippers
Head rather slender in profile, flat and covered with knobs and often with barnacles
Broad flukes with irregular, curved and ragged trailing edge.
Shows little fear of boats and may be highly inquisitive.
Usually very active at surface, breaching, lobtailing and slapping with its tail or flippers.
Worldwide, between parallels 65º North and 80º South, though with separate populations.
Widely distributed in all oceans.
1 to 3 individuals
Krill, crustaceans and fish
Max length: 18 m
Adult weight: 25 to 30 ton
Broad bushy blow up to 3 meters high
IUCN Status: Least concerned
Madeira frequency status: Rare
Other languages common names
GER - Buckelwal
FRA - Baleine à bosse, Jubarte, Mégaptère, Rorqual à bosse, Rorqual du Cap
ESP - Yubarta, Ballena Jorobada, Gubarte
SWE - Knölval
DAN - Pukkelhval
ITA - Megattera, Balena gobba
NED - Bultrug
NOR - Knølkval, Knølhval,
POL - Długopłetwiec
POR - Baleia de bossa, Baleia jubarte, Baleia preta, Baleia corcunda, Baleia cantora
Join Madeira Wildlife Monthly Newsletter. All the updates on your email every month.