From the lonesome singer to the choir of 100,000. The voice of the sea is back. The humpback whale. The comeback of the century. A success story of species conservation. A story of courage, determination and humanity. A new hope.

Humpback whale, Southern Pacific 2019
© Dr. Jochen Bayer



Number. Approx. 100,000. Trending upwards
Size. 13m - 15m / 15m - 18m. 20-30 t
Reproduction. Sexually mature after approx. 5 years. Gestation period 12 months, 1 calf
Food. Krill. Small fish
Behaviour. Usually live solitary. Juveniles stay with the mother for about 1 year, often accompanied by a bull. Often in groups during feeding
Communication. Characteristic individual song consisting of repetitive single stanzas. Up to 190 decibels loud. Presumably the frequent breaches out of the water also serve communication
Threat. Fishing nets. Plastic waste. Whaling. Traffic. Killer whales. Larger shark species

SIMPLE .solutions

No plastic waste

Dispose of rubbish

Go whale watching

CONSISTENT .solutions

No sea fish


LOCAL .solutions

Do not use drift nets and longlines

Responsible whale watching

Avoid waste discharge into rivers


NATIONAL .solutions

No plastic waste & no plastic packaging

Creation of transnational protected areas

No scientific whaling


Ban on deep-sea fishing





Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale


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