humpback humpback  /ˈhəmp ˌbæk/


  1. (n) an abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column
  2. (n) a person whose back is hunched because of abnormal curvature of the upper spine
  3. (n) large whalebone whale with long flippers noted for arching or humping its back as it dives


  1. Japanese whalers are planning to harpoon up to 50 humpback whales for the first time since hunting the endangered species was banned in 1963.
  2. The humpback grows to a length of 45 ft.
  3. They can see humpback whales and leopard seals cruise alongside their Zodiacs, or watch penguins chasing each other along the shore and pecking at visitors' boots.


  1. Whale Sightings in Avila and Pismo Beach

    AVILA BEACH, Calif- Last year the humpback whales caused a lot of excitement and people are spotting them again this summer.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: FOX 11 Santa Maria

  2. Whale-watchers report huge spike in local humpback sightings

    Whale-watchers have seen a dramatic increase in humpback whale sightings in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the past few weeks, the Pacific Whale Watch Association reports.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: KOMO Seattle

  3. Stunning Life-Size Photos Capture Close Encounters With Whales

    Few people are lucky enough to have had a quiet underwater encounter with a whale. For the rest of us, there are photos like these: Life-sized composites of sperm, humpback and minke whales, captured from less than 6 feet away.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Wired News


  1. "Japan has decided not to catch humpback whales for one year or two," Mr Machimura told reporters.
    on Dec 21, 2007 By: Nobutaka Machimura Source: BBC News

  2. "Australia has an excellent relationship with Japan, but the inclusion of humpback whales into the so-called scientific whaling program is an unnecessary, provocative act," Mr Turnbull said. "It is calculated . . . to undermine dramatically...
    on May 29, 2007 By: Turnbull Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

  3. "I think we had an agreement ...... between the United States and Japan that humpback whales would not be harvested, I think, until maybe the International Whaling Conference in June," US ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer told a small group...
    on Dec 19, 2007 By: Thomas Schieffer Source: Reuters

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