Friday, 27 May 2011

Whale Watching of Niue

Niue is renowned as one of the best locations in the world to view humpback whales. Many humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)shelter in the deep waters of the bays around Avatele and Tamakautoga. Between the months of June and October, the whales are often visible for hours on end, sometimes a mere 50 metres from the water’s edge.
The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water. Males produce a complex song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time.
Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter.
During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species' diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net feeding technique.
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Nafa as known as the underside flukes of mature female. This part depicted on the 80c stamp. Each individual whale can be identified by the unique markings on their tails, which are used by researchers to develop the history information.

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The $ 1.20 stamp features two whales spyshopping (raising their heads out of the water). Males and females mimic each other’s behaviour when involved in courtship. After mating, females will travel to the tropical breeding grounds to give birth to their calves 11 month later.
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The $ 1.40 stamp captures a calf (less than one month old) breaching after nursing in the waters off Niue with its mother. Calves are approximately 3.50 metres at birth and weigh up to one tonne. Most baby whales are able to swim within 30 minutes of birth
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The $ 2.0 stamp features a mother and calf plying after a feeding session. Calves spend one year with their mothers and drink up to 600 litres of milk a day. Humpback whales travel to Antarctica to feed in the summer, then journey back to the warm Niuean waters in winter.
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It’s great way to capture the beauty of the glorious mammals as they swim and play in the blue waters of Niue. The complete picture of four stamp compiled on the stunning miniature sheet.

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