Last update: September 15th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Whales sighted off San Miguel, the North Pacific of California during the past several days. Therefore had researchers scram. The humpback social structure is loose-knit. Typically, individuals live alone or in small, transient groups that disband after a few hours. Groups may stay together longer in summer to forage and feed cooperatively.
Longer-term relationships between pairs or small groups, lasting months or even years, have rarely been observed. Some females possibly retain bonds created via cooperative feeding for a lifetime. Humpback whales often leap out of the water, a behavior known as “breaching“, and slap the water with their fins or tails