A close look at the bump-like knobs known as tubercles on the bottom chin of a humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae. Each protuberance contains at least one stiff hair. The purpose of these hairs is not known, though they may provide the whale with a sense of "touch." Hawaii.


Searchable keywords

Find the right images by checking multiple keywords below:

  • Animalia
  • Artiodactyla
  • Balaenopteridae
  • Cetacea
  • Chordata
  • Hawaii
  • M. novaeangliae
  • Mammalia
  • Megaptera
  • Megaptera novaeangliae
  • Pacific Ocean
  • USA
  • adult
  • animal
  • baby
  • baleen
  • bump
  • calf
  • cetacean
  • eye
  • female
  • fin
  • fins
  • hair
  • head
  • horizontal
  • humpback
  • humpback whale
  • knob
  • mammal
  • marine
  • marine mammal
  • mother
  • pectoral
  • protuberance
  • rorqual
  • tubercle
  • whale
  • wildlife
  • young

Image ID: 0191952-DFL

A close look at the bump-like knobs known as tubercles on the bottom chin of a humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae. Each protuberance contains at least one stiff hair. The purpose of these hairs is not known, though they may provide the whale with a sense of "touch." Hawaii.
Credit to: BluePlanetArchive / David B. Fleetham

Image dimensions: 5616x3744