- Name: Humpback Whale
- Binomial Name: Megaptera novaeangliae
- Lifespan: Between 45 and 50 years (wild)
- Diet: Carnivorous
- Range: All Major Oceans
- Length: Between 43 and 52 feet
- Weight: Between 56,000 and 66,000 pounds
13 Humpback Whale Facts for Kids
- A humpback whale is a baleen whale.
- The binomial name for a humpback whale is Megaptera novaeangliae.
- An adult humpback whale can live between 45 and 50 years in the wild.
- An adult male humpback whale can reach up to 46 feet in length.
- An adult female humpback whale can reach up to 52 feet in length.
- Humpback whales are carnivorous.
- Humpback whales feed on small schooling fish and krill.
- A male humpback whale is called a bull.
- A female humpback whale is a called a cow.
- A young humpback whale is called a calf.
- Humpback whales have two blowholes, one for each of its two lungs.
- Humpback whales can make noises that can be heard from up to 20 miles away.
- Humpback whales are popular among whale watchers due to how often they breach the ocean surface.
Humpback Whale Pictures
A photo of a humpback whale underwater.
Credit: Whale and Dolphin Conservation
A photo of a humpback whale breaching.
Credit: Antarctica Bound
A photo of a humpback whale’s tail.
Credit: Diego M. Garces / WWF
Additional Resources on Humpback Whales
- Humpback Whale – Marine Mammal Center – Discover more amazing facts about the humpback whale on the Marine Mammal Center website.
- Humpback Whale – NOAA Fisheries – Find out more cool information about the humpback whale on the NOAA Fisheries website.
- Humpback Whale – Oceana – Explore more indepth facts about the humpback whale on the Oceana website.
- Humpback Whale – Britannica – Learn more about the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) on the Britannica website.