Hawaii Humpback Whale Facts

By | January 13, 2017

In one of our earlier posts on some Hawaii humpback whale facts, we shared with you all, facts about humpback whales that includes their biology, migration, songs, and conservations efforts.

If you haven’t already done so, please feel free to check out that post to teach your kids some knowledge about these amazing animals before doing the activity that we are going to share with you in this post.

Identify The Parts Of A Humpback Whale

Since we taught Kekoa about the biology of humpback whales, we had him do this activity to help reinforce what he learned.

We found this free humpback whale coloring page from www.supercoloring.com and printed it out. We liked this coloring page because since we live in Hawaii, the humpback whales come here to mate or give birth.

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After we printed out the page, we gave Kekoa a word bank which is the words he had to label on the picture.

DORSAL FIN

FLUKE

PECTORAL FINS

EYE

VENTRAL GROOVES

TUBERCLES

BLOWHOLE

After he labeled all the parts of the humpback whale that we asked him to, he got to have some fun coloring the picture.

HERE IS THE ANSWER KEY TO THE ACTIVITY

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What Is The Importance Of These Parts Of The Humpback Whale?

Okay…so you know the biology of the humpback whale, but let’s get a few more details on how these parts are important to humpback whales.

DORSAL FIN – The main purpose of a dorsal fin is to keep the whale stable and prevent it from rolling around in the water while it moves.

FLUKE – The fluke is how the humpback whale can move forward. It can propel the whale at over 12 knots for short periods of time. The patterns of the underside of the fluke is used for identification.

PECTORAL FINS – A humpback whale’s long pectoral fins are the reason they can move so gracefully and even lets the whale swim backward and quickly turn.

EYE – Because of the water, humpback whales sight is compromised so they rely on their other senses. Still, their eyes work and are designed to let in as much light as it can while underwater. When they surface the pupil of their eyes naturally shrink so they don’t take in as much light and damage their eyes.

VENTRAL GROOVES – These grooves allow the throat to expand so they can open wide and let in huge amounts of water when they feed. Then the grooves contract and push out the water while the baleen keeps in the food.

TUBERCLES – Tubercles have stiff hairs that may help regulate temperature or sense things in the water.

BLOWHOLE – When the humpback whale surfaces, their blowholes open and they exhale air explosively which forms the stream of misty air and vapor. Right after they exhale they inhale fresh air then close their blowhole and can go back underwater.

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