humpback whale

Even though this whale of a whale weighs many tons, the humpback whale can make acrobatic leaps out of the water! The name "humpback" comes from the way they arch their backs as they rise out of the ocean. This endangered whale is also known for its beautiful underwater "songs." Some scientists think these songs may be how whales "talk" to each other.

Image credits: main image, courtesy of W.S. Lawton, NMML, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Laboratory..