Marine Life fun Facts – Baby Humpback Whales
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.