It was by browsing photo-sharing site Flickr that one of Stevick's colleagues found a photo of this particular humpback
, taken by a Norwegian tourist from a whale-watching vessel off the coast of Madagascar in 2001.
Photo identification will also help build a picture of humpback
Exmouth is a top vantage point for spotting the whales and last month a baby humpback
was spotted taking its first breath in nearby waters.
Scientists estimate that humpbacks
, having been heavily exploited in the past, now number about 30,000 to 40,000.
Of all the humpback
whales that come here, 102 are identified and given names like Pelao, Estrella, Mellizo, Maripepa, Magallahia, Carlos IV, Giorgio, Fresia, Vali, and Clau.
A decade ago local sightings of humpbacks
bemused experts like Robert because standard wisdom had it that these whales were migratory, shuttling annually between polar waters to feed and warmer tropical waters to breed.
Japan's initial targeting of humpbacks
, which have not been hunted since a moratorium on the species was introduced in the mid-1960s, is part of that country's long-standing campaign, along with Norway and Iceland, to restore large-scale commercial whaling.
Rod Penrose, Strandings Co-ordinator for Wales, said it was the first humpback
he had dealt with in his 14 years in the role.
The protest, coordinated by IFAW, was attended by two mayors from the eastern suburb councils of Waverly and Randwick and the mayors launched a program in which the councils will ''adopt'' a humpback
Each of the eight aircraft in Aloha's fleet of Next Generation Boeing 737-700 aircraft is named for a Polynesian navigator, and Aloha said the name Koholalele recognizes the humpback
whale as one of the great navigators of the ocean.
Many whale species including blue, fin, right, sperm and humpback
whales were hunted to the verge of extinction during the 19th and 20th centuries, and Norway and Japan played central roles in the destruction of Antarctica's once-bountiful whale populations.
The National History Museum confirmed the dead mammal to be a humpback
- an unusual but not unheard of visitor to our coast.
The High-Definition footage being screened for Commissioners at the IWC meetings features a startling intimate portrait of the relationship between a mother humpback
and her calf.
on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle, there was the story of a 45 to fifty-foot female humpback
whale who had become entangled in a web of crab traps and lines.
AMID THE REPTILES AND DUCKS appearing as brand images in insurance commercials, Pacific Life chose the humpback
whale as its icon to represent strength, longevity and endurance.