Even More Marine Life Fun Facts

August 7, 2014

By Captain Dave

Did you know . . .

  • Humpback whales are naturally solitary animals. Humpbacks do not mate for life, and are therefore not thought to be monogamous creatures.
  • Along with their suspected promiscuity, Humpback whale father are also suspected to play no defined parental role in the raising of the calf.
  • At the same time, individual humpback whale mothers have been found to have many calves bred by different fathers.
  • As with their mating structure, humpback whales oftentimes make "friends" only temporarily. The official term for these friendships is "associations."
  • Whales who are "associated" with each other will exhibit one or more of the following properties:
    Surfacing together at the same time.
    Diving together at the same time.
    Traveling within a body length (or closer) of each other.
    Engaging in other similar behaviors.
  • Humpback whale associations are typically brief, lasting anywhere from just a few minutes, to at most a few days.

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