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.