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WHALE FLUKES

A whale's tail is called its flukes. The flukes are used in swimming.

Flukes are also used in lobtailing, an activity in which some whales stick their tail out of the water into the air, swing it around, and then slap it on the water's surface. This slapping motion makes a very loud sound. The meaning or purpose of lobtailing is unknown, but may be done as a warning to the rest of the pod of danger, another form of communication, or to loosen parasites on the skin of the tail. Humpback whales lobtail more when the seas are rough and stormy and their songs are difficult to hear.



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