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Humpback whale breaching, Hervey Bay, Queensland
SOURCE: Tourism QLD, courtesy of Tourism Australia, the tourism promotion authority of the government of Australia, used with permission.
The humpback whale is one of the larger whale species, reaching a length of up to 16 metres and a weigh of 36,000 kilograms.
Over-hunting caused the humpback whale populations to fall by 90% before a whaling moratorium was introduced in 1966.
Since then their population has partially recovered, whereby there are currently at least 80,000 humpback whales worldwide.
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