Cats Paw the Humpback Whale

Her Story

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Catspaw fluke

Cats Paw was named for the white mark on her all-black fluke that resembles a paw print.  Look closely, the paw print is on the left side of her tail.  It may not look very large here, but her tail is 13-14 feet wide and perhaps 4 feet high!


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Catspaw opens mouth on way down

Cat’s Paw has a unique feeding style un-copied by any other humpback whale in the world.  She spyhops up through the center of a school of fish with her mouth closed.  As she sinks back into the water she opens her mouth and 1000’s of gallons of water and fish pour in.  It is incredible to see.  She is the only whale that can be identified by her style of feeding.

Cats Paw is a co-star on:

Salt & Friends: Humpback Whales With Names

The story of Cats Paw and her family is two minutes in length.  You will witness her unique feeding technique as well as several breathtaking breaches.  Fourteen other whale families round out this hour long program.


Cats Paw‘s History

Mother:               Unknown First Sighting:   1980
Year Of Birth:   Unknown Last Seen:           2017

Cats Paw‘s Family Tree

Year of Birth Grandcalves
Unnamed 1980
Velvet 1982
Not Named 1984 None
Fracture 1990
Runway 1998
Unnamed 2008
Unnamed 2010


Pictures of Cats Paw (from her DVD)

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Catspaw fluke
catspaw the humpback whale breaching
Catspaw breaching

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If you adopted Cats Paw 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 watching Cats Paw with lots of good looks at her feeding style.  She is even seen leaping higher than four others to get the most fish.  Several excellent spinning head breaches by Cats Paw ends your visit with this fascinating mother of seven calves.

A sample clip from the Cats Paw DVD

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