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.

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New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust
Photograph by Steve Dawson

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei 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 19 November 2019)

He kōrero nā Gerard Hutching, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006