Humpback Whale Spotted in Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Whale
Chesapeake Bay Whale

Cellphone video of the whale was captured by David Lehan of Lusby, Maryland on April 22, 2015 while he was acting as first mate on a charter boat fishing for striped bass.

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh about 36,000 kg (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviors, making it popular with whale watchers. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Its purpose is not clear, though it may have a role in mating.

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