Humpback Whale Tail
Did you know humpback whales can be identified by their flukes, or tails? Each fluke has unique coloring, scratches, bumps—and even hitchhiking barnacles! The white patches on their flukes, combined with notches and other markings, make it possible to identify individual humpback whales, and thus track their movements across their entire lifespan.
Humpbacks are the favorite of many whale watchers, frequently performing aerial displays such as breaching or slapping the surface with their pectoral fins, tails or heads. From January through November, these mega mammals visit Monterey Bay and can be seen from whale watching boats and from shore—including the Aquarium's ocean-view decks.