Humpbacks are often seen leaping out of the water (breaching) and clowning around. They are also known for the complex and varied nature of their songs. Listen to a humpback whale singing. It is almost certainly a male – only males are known to sing. The crackling sounds are snapping shrimps.
Humpback whale recorded by Steve Dawson, Marine Science Department, University of Otago, 16 August 2003, Vava'u, Tonga.
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