Humpback whales are a member of the baleen whale species and are found in every ocean in the world - often travelling up to 16,000 miles each year! Famed for their whale song, males of the same group will produce a unique 10-20 minute song which they might repeat for hours at a time.
With long pectoral fins and a knobbly head, the humpback whale is iconic. Black or grey in colour, and averaging 15 metres in length for adults, you’ll often spot these active creatures flapping or breaching in Scotland’s coastal waters. As they dive they present their tail fluke which is used for individual identification purposes by researchers via their unique marks and colouration.