This may be the year of the humpback as one of the world's largest whales is being seen in record numbers in the West Coast's Salish Sea. Whale watchers and marine biologists regularly record sightings of new whales and humpbacks are topping the list.
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Imagine seeing one of the largest and most majestic creatures in the ocean within just a couple miles of the Empire State building? Whale sightings have become more frequent the last two years as Humpback whales return.
Scotland’s increased importance as a unique marine habitat for large species had its sadder side, Friday. Experts performed Scotland’s first full post mortem after a humpback whale was found floating in seas off the Isle of Mull.
Believed to be the first event of its kind in Scotland, the inaugural Whale Week festival, highlighting the importance of Scotland’s west coast, peppered with islands and inlets, as a habitat for cetaceans, kicks off on Sunday, June 8.
From the ocean to the sky, the humpback whale's large pectoral fins have been the inspiration for the development of new aerodynamic technology to help fast-moving helicopters, maintain lift and increase manoeuvrability.