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Humpback whale

Megaptera novaeangliae

Humpback whale

Humpback whale

See all species Tuneful, graceful and simply, huge, the amazing humpback whales are the virtuosos of the deep. Singing some of the longest and most complex songs in the animal kingdom, humpback whales are masters of melody. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, they also undertake some of the longest migrations of any mammal in…

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Fin whale

Fin whale at surface

See all species Some whales are big, some are fast, some have unusual looks. The fin whale somehow manages all three. Nicknamed ‘the greyhounds of the sea’, fin whales are the second biggest mammals in the world. Other names: Finner; Razorback; Finback; Flathead; Common rorqual; Herring whale Male Female Calf Maximum length 25m 27m 6.5m…

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Common minke whale

Common minke whale

See all species The smallest member of the rorqual family, the gorgeous minke whale is one of the species most severely affected by the whaling industry. Despite its name, the common minke whale is, in fact, not so common. Originally believed to have been one species, scientists now recognise at least two different species and…

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Antarctic minke whale

Antarctic minke whale

See all species Antarctic minke whales are the second smallest member of the rorqual whales, usually weighing in at under 10 tonnes. Deep divers, these impressive little whales can hold their breath for up to 25 minutes. Male Female Calf Maximum length 9.7m 10.7m 2.8m Maximum weight Unknown Unknown Unknown IUCN conservation status: Near threatened…

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Blue whale

Blue whale © Andrew Sutton

See all species The blue whale is one of nature’s most magnificent and graceful beings. Louder, larger, longer and heavier than any other creature, it’s a multi-record breaker and a totem of conservation for all whales and dolphins. We must ask ourselves: if we can’t save the blue whale, what hope is there? Other names:…

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