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Common Animals

Common water animals

Humpback Whale


The humpback whale is a rated least concern(LC) which would be classed as common. There is thought to be 80,000 humpback whales left in the wild, living in open oceans around the wild. Its scientific name is the Megaptera Novaeangliae.

Humpback Whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae)

This photo is from with credit to Fritz Geller.

The humpback whale has smooth skin varying between the colours black, grey and white with long fins and a wide, flat head with not one but two blowholes on top. It lives in tropical oceans around the world and feeds mainly on krill, crab and fish while staying aware for any humans or orcas around! It lives for 50-60 years which is quite impressive for an animal by the way:) It measures 12-16m in length weighing 36,000-99,800kg.



Elephant Seal


The elephant seal is the biggest seal in the world. There are two types which roam in the Northern and Southern hemisphere.  Its scientific name is the Mirounga.

Northern Elephant Seals (Mirounga angustirostris

This photo is from with credit to Mike Baird.

The Elephant seal, varying between the colours brown and black, has a long trunk-like nose and a large body. Living in the Pacific Ocean, with fish, squid and octopus as their most common prey, but they can never be too careful with human, sharks, and killer whales on the loose!! Living from 18-22 years, it measures 3-5m in length, weighing 900kg–3,000 kg!


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