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12-22-2016

Megaptera novaeangliae

Megaptera novaeangliae NatureServe Explorer Species Reports — NatureServe Explorer is a source for authoritative conservation information on more than 50,000 plants, animals and ecological  communtities of the U.S and Canada. NatureServe Explorer provides in-depth information on rare and endangered species, but includes common plants and animals too. NatureServe Explorer is a product of NatureServe in collaboration with the Natural Heritage Network.  Gulf of Maine of a novel foraging behavior, ‘lobtail feeding’ (in which the whales slam their tail flukes in the water before diving for prey), is consistent with social transmission of the behavior, although explanation in terms of individual learning in response to a change in prey availability is also possible.

ITIS Reports — Megaptera novaeangliae ITIS (the Integrated Taxonomic Information System) is a source for authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

FWS Digital Media Library — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library is a searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video. The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. It is one of the larger rorqual species, with adults ranging in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weighing around 25–30 t (28–33 short tons). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviors, making it popular with whale watchers. Males produce a complex songlasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time.  Also second only to blue whales in absolute thickness of blubber. Blubber thickness varies at different times of the year, as well as with age and physiological condition. Baleen plates are usually all black with blackish bristles.

Detailed information
Full Name: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
Where found: Arabian Sea DPS
Critical Habitat:N/A
Species Group:Mammals
Current listing status
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
Endangered 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Western North Pacific
Endangered 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Cape Verde Island/Northwest Africa
Endangered 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Central America DPS
Endangered 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Arabian Sea DPS
Threatened 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Mexico DPS
Delisted due to Recovery 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Brazil DPS
Delisted due to Recovery 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Oceania DPS
Delisted due to Recovery 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Southeastern Pacific DPS
Delisted due to Recovery 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Hawaii DPS
Delisted due to Recovery 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) East Australia DPS
Delisted due to Recovery 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Gabon/Southwest Africa DPS
Delisted due to Recovery 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) West Australia DPS
Delisted due to Recovery 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Southeast Africa/Madagascar DPS
Delisted due to Recovery 06/02/1970 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) West Indies DPS
  • Population location: Western North Pacific Listing status: Endangered
  • Population location: Cape Verde Island/Northwest Africa Listing status: Endangered
  • Population location: Central America DPS Listing status: Endangered
  • Population location: Arabian Sea DPS Listing status: Endangered
  • Population location: Mexico DPS Listing status: Threatened
  • Population location: Brazil DPS Listing status: Delisted due to Recovery
  • Population location: Oceania DPS Listing status: Delisted due to Recovery
  • Population location: Southeastern Pacific DPS Listing status: Delisted due to Recovery
  • Population location: Hawaii DPS Listing status: Delisted due to Recovery
  • Population location: East Australia DPS Listing status: Delisted due to Recovery
  • Population location: Gabon/Southwest Africa DPS Listing status: Delisted due to Recovery
  • Population location: West Australia DPS Listing status: Delisted due to Recovery
  • Population location: Southeast Africa/Madagascar DPS Listing status: Delisted due to Recovery
  • Population location: West Indies DPS Listing status: Delisted due to Recovery
Federal register documents
Recovery
No critical habitat rules have been published for the Humpback whale.
Date
Title
Plan Action Status
Plan Status
11/01/1991 Final Recovery Plan for the Humpback Whale View Implementation Progress Final
Date
Citation Page
Title
01/19/1995 60 FR 3775 3776 Endangered Fish or Wildlife; Special Prohibitions; Approaching Humpback Whales in Hawaiian Waters
11/23/1987 52 FR 44912 44915 NOAA--Approaching Humback Whales in Hawaiian Waters; Interim Rule w/ Request for Comment; 52 FR 44912-44915
11/24/1986 51 FR 42271 42273 NOAA--Proposed Regulations Governing Approaching Humpback Whales in Hawaiian Waters; 51 FR 42271-42273
Date
Title
Plan Action Status
Plan Status
11/01/1991 Final Recovery Plan for the Humpback Whale View Implementation Progress Final
Date
Citation Page
Title
Document Type
09/08/2016 81 FR 62259 62320 Identification of 14 Distinct Population Segments of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and Revision of Species-Wide Listing; Final Rule
  • Final Delisting, Recovered
04/21/2015 80 FR 22303 22356 Identification of 14 Distinct Population Segments of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and Proposed Revision of Species-Wide Listing; Proposed Rule
  • Proposed Delisting, Recovered
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