Megaptera novaeangliae The species name is always lower case!

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Megaptera novaeangliae

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Total Point Value – 30pts

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for a humpback whale whose binomial nomenclature is

Megaptera novaeangliae.
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TITLED – Megaptera novaeangliae

Comparative Description (5pts)

  • physical description of the species body structure

  • and appendage details

  • adult v. young and female adult v. male adult

- length, weight, coloration/markings, etc.

These birds grow up to 1 meter tall, have a wingspan of 1.5 meters, and weigh about 912 to 1140 g. On average, males are larger than females. They are completely white with a long yellow bill and dark gray legs.
Habitat (5pts)

In what specific kind of environment would a humpback whale be found?


These turtles feed in the waters of the continental shelves, often in water only 30 or less meters deep. Hatchlings and young juveniles do not dive, staying near the surface, often in association with mats of floating seaweed. Loggerheads are frequently found in bays and estuaries, and may enter river mouths.
Range (5pts) and Range Map (5pts)

SPECIFIC geographical location (globally) – SPECIFICALLY around North America including migration locations


Summer Range

Breeds across Alaska and northern Canada, southward to the Great Lakes and along the Atlantic Coast to North Carolina. Herring Gull or closely related species breed across Eurasia.

Winter Range

Winters from southern Alaska southward to Mexico, and from the Great Lakes and Massachusetts southward into the Caribbean and Central America.

Comments (5pts)

food sources, offensive and defensive behaviors, reproductive patterns, and unique miscellaneous information regarding that species


These birds feed primarily on fish, but also eat insects, crustaceans and amphibians. They generally feed in shallow water (less than 8 m deep) within 5 km of shore, diving underwater to catch their prey. They may swallow small fish while underwater, but bring larger prey up to the surface to shake, clean or hammer on the water before consuming them. After diving, cormorants look for an elevated spot to perch with their wings outspread. This is most likely done to dry out the feathers.
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