Humpback Whales: Wildlife Watching in Uvita Costa Rica

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Wildlife watching in Uvita is one of life’s most satisfying activities, and whale watching is one of the most rewarding of all. Whales are impressive, majestic and intelligent creatures.


  • Uvita: The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale
  • Uvita: Humpback whales live in all oceans around the world
  • Found throughout the world's ocean, humpback whales migrate thousands of miles
  • Humpback whales weigh up to about 40 tons and can reach up to 60 feet in length
  • Humpback whales make extensive seasonal migrations between high latitude summer


Humpback whales are enormous mammals, measuring around 40-60 feet in length and weighing approximately 35-40 tonnes. Despite their great size, however, they are very acrobatic and easily identifiable due to their penchant for breaching the water and landing with an enormous splash, ‘waving’ their huge tail fins as they re-enter the water. It’s unclear if they do this to clean themselves or simply for fun. Either way, it’s an incredible sight to behold! The plaintive whale songs of the humpback, for which they are well known, are haunting and magical, with their complex sequence of melodies traveling for miles upon miles through the ocean. Although we have much to learn about the meaning of these songs, scientists believe they are connected to mating rituals and the way in which the whales communicate with one another. The humpback whale is a baleen whale. They are black on the dorsal (upper) side, with mottled black and white coloring on the ventral (under) side. They have teeth like little bristles and have to swallow their food whole, so they tend to favor smaller prey, such as plankton, shrimp-like krill, mackerel, and salmon. This diet is one of the factors that dictate where you will find the humpback whale.


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