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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 33.1 October 2021

The Humpback Whale’s tale – a cetacean in hot water

By - Jon Dunn

Humpback Whale sightings in British and Irish waters are increasing year on year, but despite the thrill associated with spotting these majestic creatures so close to home, the reasons behind this increase are not so positive. Jon Dunn takes a look at the history of whaling in Britain and discusses the role of climate change in the rise in Humpback Whale sightings.

As I settle down in my Shetland home to write this article, there is an actively feeding Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae visible from my kitchen window. Every few minutes he or she breaks the surface, that distinctive knuckled back and dorsal fin visible through my binoculars.

 

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist