COSEWIC Status Reports

COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae in Canada

Humpback whales are one of the larger cetaceans, typically reaching lengths of about 13 m for males and 14 m for females. Humpbacks are easily recognizable, with their dark dorsal colouration, large size, extremely long pectoral flippers (to nearly one-third of the body length), tendency to raise their tail flukes above the surface when they dive, and frequent aerial behaviour.

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COSEWIC Secretariat
c/o Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0H3
Tel: 819-938-4125
Fax: 819-938-3984
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