An extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals, Humpback Whales takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga for an immersive look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out what makes humpbacks the most acrobatic of all whales, why only the males sing, and why these intelligent 50-foot, 48-ton animals migrate more than 6,000 miles round-trip every year.
SUPPORTS CURRICULUM STANDARDS RELATED TO:
- TN Sci: 2, 3, 4, 5
- MS Sci: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e
- AR Sci: 2, 3, 4
Facinating Facts about Humpback Whales
- Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for up to 20 miles through the world's oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours on end. A typical song lasts from 10-20 minutes, is repeated continuously for hours at a time, and changes gradually from year to year.
- Researchers still are not sure exactly how humpbacks produce their sounds. They don't have vocal cords, so they probably sing by circulating air through the tubes and chambers of their respiratory system--but no air escapes during the concerts and their mouths don't move.
- Mothers and their young swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be gestures of affection.
- At least 3 different species of barnacles are commonly found on both the flippers and the body of the humpback whale. It is also home for a species of whale lice, Cyamus boopis.