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Humpback Whale Collection

A majestic sight unfolds as a humpback whale leaps from the calm waters of Lynn Canal in Alaska's Inside Passage, near Juneau

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, near Hout Bay, South Africa

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, near Hout Bay, South Africa

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: A Humpback Whale Leaps (Breaches) From The Calm Waters Of Lynn Canal In Alaskas Inside Passage

A Humpback Whale Leaps (Breaches) From The Calm Waters Of Lynn Canal In Alaskas Inside Passage, Near Juneau. Herbert Glacier And Snowcapped Mountains Of Coastal Range Beyond, Tongass National Forest

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: U. S. A. Alaska, Inside Passage Humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae)

U. S. A. Alaska, Inside Passage Humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae)
U.S.A. Alaska, Inside Passage Humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) just under surface, off Shetland, Scotland, UK

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) just under surface, off Shetland, Scotland, UK. First ever underwater images of humpbacks in British waters

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Megaptera novaeangliae, Humpback Whale breaching

Megaptera novaeangliae, Humpback Whale breaching

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Megaptera novaeangliae, Humpback Whale, side view

Megaptera novaeangliae, Humpback Whale, side view

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) two breaching at the same time together, Puerto Lopez

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) two breaching at the same time together, Puerto Lopez, Santa Elena Peninsula, Manabi Province, Ecuador, July, Puerto Lopez, Santa Elena Peninsula

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: humpback whale with surfers in foreground

humpback whale with surfers in foreground

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: humpback whale migration

humpback whale migration
Guillermo Ossa

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Humpback whale family

Humpback whale family
Barathieu Gabriel

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Humpback Whale Escort

Humpback Whale Escort
Barathieu Gabriel

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: USA, AK, Inside Passage. Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) dives with Disney

USA, AK, Inside Passage. Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) dives with Disney Cruise ship beyond in fog

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Breaching humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Ecuador, South America

Breaching humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Ecuador, South America

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Antarctica, Anvers Island, Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaengliae) swims at surface

Antarctica, Anvers Island, Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaengliae) swims at surface in Fournier Bay

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Humpback whale - Mother and calf. Note the throat pleats of the mother

Humpback whale - Mother and calf. Note the throat pleats of the mother, and the numerous remoras hitching a ride
FG-ea-952 Humpback whale - Mother and calf. Note the throat pleats of the mother, and the numerous remoras hitching a ride on the whale

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Adult humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), breaching in the shallow waters of Cabo Pulmo

Adult humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), breaching in the shallow waters of Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: RF Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) aerial view. Baja California, Mexico

RF Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) aerial view. Baja California, Mexico

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Humpback whale in active group

Humpback whale in active group
Barathieu Gabriel

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Baby Jump

Baby Jump
Andrea Izzotti

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Alone in the blue

Alone in the blue
Barathieu Gabriel

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Plate from Edward Barlow's journal of his life at sea in king's ships

Plate from Edward Barlow's journal of his life at sea in king's ships
7340649 Plate from Edward Barlow's journal of his life at sea in king's ships, East & West Indiamen & other merchantmen from 1659 to 1703

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Whalebone fid, 1850-1900 (whalebone)

Whalebone fid, 1850-1900 (whalebone)
7339928 Whalebone fid, 1850-1900 (whalebone) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 28x3.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: A seam rubber, a sailor's tool used in the manufacture of sails, early 19th century (whalebone)

A seam rubber, a sailor's tool used in the manufacture of sails, early 19th century (whalebone)
MMM5476242 A seam rubber, a sailor's tool used in the manufacture of sails, early 19th century (whalebone); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: A seam rubber)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: A seam rubber, a sailor's tool used in the manufacture of sails, early 19th century (whalebone)

A seam rubber, a sailor's tool used in the manufacture of sails, early 19th century (whalebone)
MMM5476232 A seam rubber, a sailor's tool used in the manufacture of sails, early 19th century (whalebone); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: A seam rubber)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: An engraving depicting the harpooning of a whale in the Arctic seas, 19th century

An engraving depicting the harpooning of a whale in the Arctic seas, 19th century
5310687 An engraving depicting the harpooning of a whale in the Arctic seas, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1896); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Engraving depicting a Narwhal, a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large 'tusk' from a

Engraving depicting a Narwhal, a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding
5309369 Engraving depicting a Narwhal, a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a Narwhal)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Engraving depicting a Narwhal, a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large 'tusk' from a

Engraving depicting a Narwhal, a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding
5309368 Engraving depicting a Narwhal, a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a Narwhal)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Engraving depicting a school of Narwhal, a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large

Engraving depicting a school of Narwhal, a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a
5309367 Engraving depicting a school of Narwhal, a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth; (add.info)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Haverhill, 21/2 miles NE, Kedington, Jaw Bones of Whale to support a Lamp (litho)

Haverhill, 21/2 miles NE, Kedington, Jaw Bones of Whale to support a Lamp (litho)
8633539 Haverhill, 21/2 miles NE, Kedington, Jaw Bones of Whale to support a Lamp (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Haverhill, 21/2 miles NE, Kedington)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Sperm whale fishing (engraving)

Sperm whale fishing (engraving)
8630264 Sperm whale fishing (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sperm whale fishing)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: The Whale on Shore (engraving)

The Whale on Shore (engraving)
8629417 The Whale on Shore (engraving) by Melville, H. (b.1795); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Whale on Shore. Illustration for The Juvenile Scrap-Book by the author of "The Women of)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Phil May sketch (colour litho)

Phil May sketch (colour litho)
8635937 Phil May sketch (colour litho) by May, Phil (1864-1903); Private Collection; (add.info.: One of the set of Phil May Sketches, issued by Fry's Chocolates in c.1905.); © Look and Learn

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: The depths of the sea in the 13th Century

The depths of the sea in the 13th Century
3359193 The depths of the sea in the 13th Century; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the depths of the sea in the 13th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Medici Tigurini Historiae animalium

Medici Tigurini Historiae animalium
2626575 Medici Tigurini Historiae animalium; (add.info.: Illustration of whaling and whales, from medici Tigurini Historiae animalium Historia animalium 1564; a veterinary anatomical book)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Engraving of the Whale ships at New Bedford wharf

Engraving of the Whale ships at New Bedford wharf
3077981 Engraving of the Whale ships at New Bedford wharf; (add.info.: Engraving of the Whale ships at New Bedford wharf. Dated 19th Century); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Mediaeval line drawing of Alexander the Great descending to the bottom of the sea in a glass barrel

Mediaeval line drawing of Alexander the Great descending to the bottom of the sea in a glass barrel
1578291 Mediaeval line drawing of Alexander the Great descending to the bottom of the sea in a glass barrel; (add.info.: Mediaeval line drawing of Alexander the Great descending to the bottom of)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: The flensing of a whale

The flensing of a whale
5311798 The flensing of a whale; (add.info.: Woodcut engraving depicting the flensing - the slicing of skin or fat from a whale. Dated 16th century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Two men measure the length of a dead stranded whale, late 16th century (engraving)

Two men measure the length of a dead stranded whale, late 16th century (engraving)
6116632 Two men measure the length of a dead stranded whale, late 16th century (engraving); Photo © Ken Welsh. All rights reserved 2024

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Implements used in the Greenland whale fisheries

Implements used in the Greenland whale fisheries
5310333 Implements used in the Greenland whale fisheries; (add.info.: Engraving depicting implements used in the Greenland whale fisheries. 1. Tail-knife, used to cut the fins from dead whales. 2)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Woodblock engraving depicting Jonah being spewed up by the whale

Woodblock engraving depicting Jonah being spewed up by the whale
5308580 Woodblock engraving depicting Jonah being spewed up by the whale; (add.info.: Woodblock engraving depicting Jonah being spewed up by the whale)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: A whaler and other vessels in a light breeze, c.1790 (oil on canvas)

A whaler and other vessels in a light breeze, c.1790 (oil on canvas)
7295295 A whaler and other vessels in a light breeze, c.1790 (oil on canvas) by Askew, John (fl.1788-1809); 65.3x111.6 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Greenland fishery: English whalers in the ice, c.1750 (oil on canvas)

Greenland fishery: English whalers in the ice, c.1750 (oil on canvas)
7295294 Greenland fishery: English whalers in the ice, c.1750 (oil on canvas) by Brooking, Charles (1723-59); 29.3x43 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: The french leaves River May, 1591 (engraving)

The french leaves River May, 1591 (engraving)
2435392 The french leaves River May, 1591 (engraving) by Bry, Theodor de (1528-98); (add.info.: History. USA. The french leaves River May (today Saint Johns River) and inspect two rivers (Axona)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Scrimshaw whale tooth 'The Sailor Boy', mid 19th century (whale tooth)

Scrimshaw whale tooth "The Sailor Boy", mid 19th century (whale tooth)
7339166 Scrimshaw whale tooth "The Sailor Boy", mid 19th century (whale tooth) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 8x23x8.9 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Whale tooth, 1830-40 (whale tooth)

Whale tooth, 1830-40 (whale tooth)
7339922 Whale tooth, 1830-40 (whale tooth) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 4x6.5x16 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: St Augustine, 1588 (engraving)

St Augustine, 1588 (engraving)
7340020 St Augustine, 1588 (engraving) by Boazio, Baptista (fl.1588-1606); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator)

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Frontispiece of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, c.1870 (print)

Frontispiece of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, c.1870 (print)
7339938 Frontispiece of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, c.1870 (print) by Riou, Edouard (1833-1900) & Neuville, Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de (1835-85); National Maritime Museum

Background imageHumpback Whale Collection: Whale tooth, 1826-30 (whale tooth)

Whale tooth, 1826-30 (whale tooth)
7339933 Whale tooth, 1826-30 (whale tooth) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 5.1x15x8.9 cm; National Maritime Museum, London




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A majestic sight unfolds as a humpback whale leaps from the calm waters of Lynn Canal in Alaska's Inside Passage, near Juneau. The Herbert Glacier and snowcapped mountains of the Coastal Range provide a breathtaking backdrop to this incredible display of nature's beauty. This particular humpback whale, known scientifically as Megaptera novaengliae, showcases its immense power and grace as it breaches the surface. In another part of the world, off the coast of Vava'u in Tonga's South Pacific, a male calf finds solace with his mother and an escort whale. These gentle giants create a serene scene amidst turquoise waters, reminding us of their strong family bonds. Even in far-flung locations like Shetland, Scotland and Puerto Lopez, two humpback whales breach simultaneously with synchronized precision. Their acrobatic displays leave onlookers in awe while highlighting their playful nature. The side view captures the sheer size and magnificence of these creatures - Megaptera novaeangliae - as they glide just beneath the surface off Shetland. In Hout Bay, South Africa, one can witness yet another breathtaking moment when a humpback whale breaches against a picturesque coastal landscape. Closer to home in Alaska's Inside Passage again but with an unexpected twist – a humpback whale dives alongside Disney Cruise Line ship creating unforgettable memories for all onboard. Not only do these magnificent creatures captivate us on their own but also share moments with other beings; surfers find themselves sharing waves with a humpback whale that gracefully swims nearby without disturbing them. From aerial views capturing female whales swimming alongside their calves to encounters around the globe showcasing their unique behaviors – breaching or diving – each sighting reminds us why we must cherish and protect these incredible creatures that roam our oceans: The Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae).