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Humpback whale
Classification after McKenna & Bell 1997 and Nowak 1999.
Containing group: Mysticeti

Other Names for Balaenopteridae


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Humpback whale
Scientific Name Megaptera novaeangliae
Location Gerlache Strait (Antarctica)
Comments Humpback whale (Balaenopteridae)
Creator Photograph by Gerald and Buff Corsi
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Collection CalPhotos
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