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Humpback Whales

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Humpback Whales

Humpback whales, which are named for the shape of their dorsal fin, congregate in the waters along the Palmer Archipelago each summer and into autumn, heading north before ice begins to form on the bays here. Each whale has its own unique pattern on the underside of its tail flukes, and these patterns can be used like "fingerprints" to identify individual whales. Humpbacks are fairly acrobatic and regularly jump out of the water, stroke each other, and slap the water with their flippers and flukes.