The Humpback Whale
The Humpback whale is found in all the world's oceans, most of this whales populations follow a regular migration route, summering in temperate and polar waters for feeding, and wintering in tropical waters for mating and calving. However in the Arabian Sea, a year-round non-migratory population appears not to follow this general rule. The head of is broad and rounded when viewed from above, but slim in profile. The body is not as streamlined as other rorquals, but is quite round, narrowing to a slender tail stock. They feed on krill, small shrimp-like crustaceans, and various kinds of small fish. Each whale eats up to 1 and 1/2 tons of food a day. It is believed they number about 30,000-40,000 at present, or about 30-35% of the original population.
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