Cardhu the Humpback Whale

Her Story

Cardhu’s fluke

Cardhu was named after a world famous distillery in Scotland.  They make a cardhu single malt whiskey.  Cardhu has an all black tail with very little scarring.  It is difficult to identify Cardhu, but with a good photograph of her tail and dorsal fin, Cardhu’s identity can be established.

cardhu & salt open mouth feeding
Cardhu left and Salt on the right feeding

Most humpback associations are of very short duration, perhaps a few hours or a couple of days.  Cardhu and Salt have been known to spend months traveling and feeding together in various years including 1988 and1999.  It is quite a treat to see two large well-known mature females spending quality time together.  In the photo (right) you can see Cardhu’s wide-open mouth and Salt just closing her mouth after feeding on small fish.

  Cardhu is an adoption whale at the Whale Center of New England (WCNE)


Cardhu’s History

Mother:               Unknown First Sighting:   1981
Year Of Birth:   Unknown Last Seen:           2017

Cardhu‘s Family Tree

Calves Year of Birth Grandcalves
Ember 1982
Comma 1985
Slope 1987
Treasure 1989
Skewer 1991
Venom 1996
Mallet 1998
Nudibranch 2000
Speedometer 2002
Safari 2006
Unnamed 2008
Unnamed 2012


Pictures of Cardhu

cardhu the humpback whale open mouth
Cardhu feeding
cardhu the humpback whale filtering with baleen
Cardhu filtering water
cardhu the humpback diving
Cardhu divin
cardhu the humpback whale fluke
Cardhu fluke

Calves of Cardhu – Ember

Ember on back approaching the boat.

ember the humpback whale
Ember belly up

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If you adopted Cardhu from any of the Adopt A Whale Programs in the US or UK, you can meet her!

You will be delighted to spend 20 minutes with Cardhu including one of her calves, Venom who breaches very close to the boat.  You will see Cardhu’s distinctive kick feeding style where she slams her tail on the school of fish.  Cardhu is also seen withSalt feeding very close, an excellent visit with two wonderful mature females.

A sample clip from the Cardhu DVD

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