This humpback whale was spotted near Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, off the coast of Massachusetts – one of the world’s premiere whale watching destinations. Each summer, humpbacks and other whales journey here to feed in the sanctuary’s rich waters!
Humpback whales are named for the shape of their dorsal fins and the way they arch their backs at the start of a dive. These majestic cetaceans grace the waters of Monterey Bay year round but we see more during the summer, when humpbacks migrate here from Costa Rica to join in the annual feeding frenzy. 🐋
🎂🐋 Happy birthday to Stellwagen Bank and Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale national marine sanctuaries!
Though thousands of miles apart, both of these sanctuaries have offered refuge to humpback whales for the past 25 years. Each summer, humpback whales migrate from the Caribbean to Stellwagen Bank off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where they and other whales feast on the food that flourishes in sanctuary waters. And in the Pacific, humpback whales journey to the warm waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands each winter to mate, calve, and raise their young.
(Top photo: Peter Flood. Bottom photo: NOAA, under NOAA permit #774-1714)