What's in a name?

The classic pectoral fins or flippers of the Humpback Whale features in the origin of the Humpback’s genus name – Megaptera. This stems from the Greek word ‘megas’ wing which literally means big wings.

These pectoral fins are one third of the length of the body however the common name ‘Humpback’ originated from the distinctive way in which the Humpback arches its back.

The back of the whale bends into the classic hump posture as the whale surfaces giving all guest on board Eye Spy a spectacular acrobatic ‘round out’ dive.

Kerry Lopez

Captain of the Eye Spy
24 July 2014