Humpback Whale Baby

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Females typically breed every two or three years. The gestation period is 11.5 months, yet some individuals can breed in two consecutive years.

Newborn calves are roughly the length of their mother's head. A 50-foot (15 m) mother would have a 20-foot (6.1 m) newborn weighing in at 2 short tons (1.8 t). They are nursed by their mothers for approximately six months, then are sustained through a mixture of nursing and independent feeding for possibly six months more. Humpback milk...
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