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Found in oceans all around the world, humpback whales are one of the largest animals on earth. But in order to reach their final length of up to 60 feet (18 metres), babies have a lot of growing up to do! Dive in to the playful world of young humpbacks and find out how they learn to become ocean giants!

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Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf 'Tahafa' male with injured pectoral fin and scarred body, with mother. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf 'Tahafa' male with injured pectoral fin and scarred body, with mother. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) female nudging her mother's mammary gland whilst trying to feed. Vava;u, Tonga, South Pacific.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) female nudging her mother's mammary gland whilst trying to feed. Vava;u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Humpback whale  (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf with his resting mother. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf with his resting mother. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf, with this mother visible in the background. Vava'u, Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf, with this mother visible in the background. Vava'u, Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae),  Vava'u Island, Kingdom of Tonga.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae), Vava'u Island, Kingdom of Tonga.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and her calf pursued by males during heat run. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and her calf pursued by males during heat run. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) male calf playing, sweeping pectoral fin through water creating bubbles and turbulence. Vava'u, Tonga.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) male calf playing, sweeping pectoral fin through water creating bubbles and turbulence. Vava'u, Tonga.
Humpback whale male calf (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) breaching on a sunny day, Tonga, South Pacific  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale male calf (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) breaching on a sunny day, Tonga, South Pacific
Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf playing at the ocean surface. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf playing at the ocean surface. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) male resting beneath his resting mother. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) male resting beneath his resting mother. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) male calf playing at ocean surface after coming up to breathe. Vava'u Islands, Tonga.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) male calf playing at ocean surface after coming up to breathe. Vava'u Islands, Tonga.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female with calf, pursued by males during heat run. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female with calf, pursued by males during heat run. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)  calf playing at the surface, while its mother swims beneath, This male has a wound on its abdomen probably caused by a rope or line.  Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga....  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf playing at the surface, while its mother swims beneath, This male has a wound on its abdomen probably caused by a rope or line. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga....
Adult female Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother with calf behind, Vava'u, Tonga.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Adult female Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother with calf behind, Vava'u, Tonga.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) female, stationary with calf heading to surface for breath of air. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) female, stationary with calf heading to surface for breath of air. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female breaching together with her male calf. The calf had a large wound on his left peduncle area, one that appeared to be the result of a large bite, Vava'u,...  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female breaching together with her male calf. The calf had a large wound on his left peduncle area, one that appeared to be the result of a large bite, Vava'u,...
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female  engaged in tail slapping with her calf, Vava'u. Tonga, South Pacific The calf is slapping its fluke in the normal manner, with ventral side down,...  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female engaged in tail slapping with her calf, Vava'u. Tonga, South Pacific The calf is slapping its fluke in the normal manner, with ventral side down,...
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf opening his mouth whilst playing with mother and escort, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf opening his mouth whilst playing with mother and escort, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female calf mimicking her mother, visible in the background. The adult female had the habit of resting with her fluke at the surface. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga....  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female calf mimicking her mother, visible in the background. The adult female had the habit of resting with her fluke at the surface. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga....
Female Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) resting in shallow water while her male calf plays, Vava'u, Tonga. South Pacific.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Female Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) resting in shallow water while her male calf plays, Vava'u, Tonga. South Pacific.
Humpback whale female calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) posing with her pectoral fins held together, with her mother resting in the background. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale female calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) posing with her pectoral fins held together, with her mother resting in the background. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) playing, skimming the ocean surface with the tips of his pectoral fins. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) playing, skimming the ocean surface with the tips of his pectoral fins. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) resting under the chin of its mother. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) resting under the chin of its mother. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) swimming just under the ocean surface, partially backlit by dramatic rays of sunlight. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) swimming just under the ocean surface, partially backlit by dramatic rays of sunlight. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) female and calf swimming together at depth, ventral surfaces of both whales clearly visible. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) female and calf swimming together at depth, ventral surfaces of both whales clearly visible. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whales (Megaptera novangliaea) pod engaged in social foraging by herding herring and other fish with bubble net feeding technique, Chatham Strait, Alaska, USA July.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whales (Megaptera novangliaea) pod engaged in social foraging by herding herring and other fish with bubble net feeding technique, Chatham Strait, Alaska, USA July.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) rear view of males escort, with  adult female and male calf in the background. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) rear view of males escort, with adult female and male calf in the background. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in courtship, with the male hovering above the female. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in courtship, with the male hovering above the female. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) courtship, with the female above showing her abdomen and the male below. Vava'u, Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) courtship, with the female above showing her abdomen and the male below. Vava'u, Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in courtship, with the female in the foreground exhaling bubbles. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in courtship, with the female in the foreground exhaling bubbles. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) defecating while socializing with two other male humpback whales. Photographed during the winter breeding season in the Kingdom of Tonga.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) defecating while socializing with two other male humpback whales. Photographed during the winter breeding season in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) faeces in human hand, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) faeces in human hand, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) faeces, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) faeces, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
North Pacific humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae kuzira) breaching at sunset, Kupreanof Island, Frederick Sound, Alaska, USA, July.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / North Pacific humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae kuzira) breaching at sunset, Kupreanof Island, Frederick Sound, Alaska, USA, July.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) entangled in longline fishing gear immobilizing both pectoral fins, and infested with Whale lice (Cyamus boopis)  Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) entangled in longline fishing gear immobilizing both pectoral fins, and infested with Whale lice (Cyamus boopis) Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf 'Tahafa' male with injured pectoral fin and scarred body, with mother. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf 'Tahafa' male with injured pectoral fin and scarred body, with mother. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in bubble net feeding. Alaska, USA, July.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in bubble net feeding. Alaska, USA, July.
Humpback whale  (Megaptera novaeangliae) female calf  re-entering the water after breaching, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female calf re-entering the water after breaching, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) juvenile male playing and spinning  This is the first verified record of a living humpback whale in the waters off Sri Lanka.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) juvenile male playing and spinning This is the first verified record of a living humpback whale in the waters off Sri Lanka.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae) young male twirling and playing in the water, Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae) young male twirling and playing in the water, Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf relaxing with his mother and an escort whale in the background. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf relaxing with his mother and an escort whale in the background. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female in foreground, with her male calf and their escort behind her. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female in foreground, with her male calf and their escort behind her. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother and calf accompanied by male with a white pectoral fin. Photographed in Vavau, Kingdom of Tonga.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother and calf accompanied by male with a white pectoral fin. Photographed in Vavau, Kingdom of Tonga.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female accompanied closely by her male calf, with two males trying to court her below, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female accompanied closely by her male calf, with two males trying to court her below, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) female at rest, with her male calf visible in the background, Vava'u, Tonga.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) female at rest, with her male calf visible in the background, Vava'u, Tonga.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)  mother with calf, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother with calf, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf playing at the ocean surface in front of his mother. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf playing at the ocean surface in front of his mother. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf playing at the surface with his mother resting below. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf playing at the surface with his mother resting below. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
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