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Humpback mother and calf, Ha’apai Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, 2005. (Bryant Austin/studio: cosmos)

Humpback mother and calf, Ha’apai Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, (Bryant Austin/studio: cosmos)

A humpback whale and calf in Tonga. Humpbacks migrate to Tonga's warm waters each year from Antarctica to mate and give birth.

Dominican Republic Whales Soft-In-Water Encounters & Snorkeling with Oceanic Society. My husband's dream is to swim with whales!

is a Shark a mammal or fish? That is the question that is perhaps most commonly asked when talking about sharks. Since sharks give birth to pups, and a few species lay eggs, the common consensus is that sharks are mammals.  Across the board, though, 70% of all sharks give birth, while the remaining 30% lay eggs. Sharks are actually fish, which is sure to be a surprise to many.

Is a Shark a Mammal or Fish? and Answers to Other Interesting Shark Questions

“ Whale mother and Baby Haapai Tonga by (Darren Rice) ”

Two precious jewels in the sea. "Whale mother and Baby Haapai Tonga by (Darren Rice) ”

Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae Learn more about Megaptera novaeangliae from the Encyclopedia of Life  Encyclopedia of Life Kingdom of Tonga By Rodger Klein Venice Beach, California, USA

Humpback Whale Kingdom of Tonga By Rodger Klein Venice Beach, California, USA ~Aquatic~

The Humpback Whale, (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the largest rorqual species, adults range in length from 12-16 metres (39-52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 Ib).

The Humpback Whale, (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the largest rorqual species, adults range in length from metres ft) and weigh approximately kilograms Ib). always think of the Star Trek movie with the humpback whales!

In Tonga, some female humpbacks with calves are ultra-friendly. These took as much interest in me as I did in them – we just floated in the water enjoying each other’s company. - © Doug Allan

In Tonga, female humpbacks with calves are ultra-friendly. These took as much interest in me as I did in them – we just floated in the water enjoying each other’s company.

is a Shark a mammal or fish? That is the question that is perhaps most commonly asked when talking about sharks. Since sharks give birth to pups, and a few species lay eggs, the common consensus is that sharks are mammals.  Across the board, though, 70% of all sharks give birth, while the remaining 30% lay eggs. Sharks are actually fish, which is sure to be a surprise to many.

Is a Shark a Mammal or Fish? and Answers to Other Interesting Shark Questions

My final summary post about encounters with humpback whales in Vava'u, Tonga during the 2013 season, with humpback whale calves, heat runs, injuries from orcas and other information.

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