Kōrero: Whales

Humpback breaching

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.

Using this item

New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust
Photograph by Steve Dawson

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Gerard Hutching, 'Whales - Humpback whale', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/natural-sounds/7089/humpback-breaching (accessed 25 May 2019)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006