Marine Life fun Facts - Baby Humpback Whales

August 14, 2014

By Captain Dave

Did you know . . .

  • Baby humpback whales enjoy their time in their mothers' womb; developing for an estimated 11 to 12 months before birth.
  • At birth, humpback whales are "only" 12-14 feet long.
  • Newborns also tip the scales at a weight of "just" 1 - 1 1/2 tons.
  • A young humpback whale will commonly be referred to as a "calf."
  • The firsts six months of a humpback calf's life are highly formative physically: During this time the calf will grow around an inch, and gain around 100 lbs. PER DAY!
  • The reason for such an enormous growth spurt: during this formative time the calf will feed only on its' mother's milk; a super concentrated product high in nutrients and fat.
  • Just how much milk will a calf consume during the first six months? Around 100 gallons per day.

Ready to learn even more about humpback whales and our marine life eco system? Book your Maui whale watch trip or Lanai snorkel to experience firsthand the wonders of Maui's ever evolving seas!

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