Humpback Whale Fluke Gallery

Humpback Whale Fluke Gallery

Humpback whales have patterns of black and white pigmentation and scars on the underside of their tails that are unique to each whale – Similar to a human’s fingerprint. Each year, researchers and naturalists work together to name new adult whales and 2nd-year calves. The names usually refer to marks on the fluke, but occasionally may refer to marks on another part of the body or relate to the mother’s name. 7 Seas Whale Watch naturalists have been photographing and identifying the Stellwagen Bank whale population for more than 30 years and below we have compiled a catalog of the whales we have met through the years.

Click or hover over the photographs to reveal the whale’s name.