Whale flight

Humpback Feeding
Humpback Feeding

Humpback whale feeding on herring. It scientific name is Megaptera and literally means mega wings.

Etymology
Humpback – is derived from the curving of their backs when diving.
Megaptera –  Greek mega– “giant” + ptera ‘wing’ refers to their large front flippers.
novaeangliae – French = “New Englander” and was probably given by Brisson due to regular sightings of humpbacks off the coast of New England.

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