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Re: Pepper and Shuffleboard
From: Thomas Sullivan
Date: 2014 Oct 22, 08:14 -1000
A bit of info I've learned while crewing whale watches. Each Humpback has a unique pattern of white on it's tail, as unique as our fingerprints. Since the '70s on Stellwagen Bank/Gulf of Maine they have been photographed, named and catalogued. The names are non-gender based as until a female shows up on Stellwagen with a calf, the gender is not known. The listing is called the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog. As I understand it the names are from people's suggestions and sometimes come from a sort of Rorschach Test of the tail pattern. There is one whale named Nile who's pattern resembled the path of the river. Hope this helps.
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Frank, how confident can you be that you have identified such individual whales? They don't appear much different to me.
For anyone: who names these whales?! Is there a dataset on the web where I may see a list of identified humpback whales?
Thank you. André.
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