Icarus the Humpback Whale

 His Story

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Icarus’ flukes are curved
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Icarus’ fluke pattern
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Icarus on his back

Icarus is a humpback whale that can be identified at a distance without seeing his tail pattern, you need only see him dive from any direction.  Icarus’ tail is very curled, probably due to a long entanglement in fishing gear.  Icarus is also one of the few east coast humpbacks with black flippers.





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Icarus close to people

Icarus was named based on Greek mythology.  Icarus and his father tried to escape from Crete with wings made from feathers and wax.  His father warned him not to fly to close to the sun, advice the boy ignored.  The warmth of the sun melted the wax on Icarus’ wings and he fell into the sea.  The curl in Icarus’ tail is easy to see when he is this close to people.


Mother:               Unknown First Sighting:   1982
Year Of Birth:   Unknown Last Seen:           2002


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

From A Real Whale Watch Trip – June 30, 1989

We left the pier at 5:00 PM and about an hour later identified Icarus, Cats Paw, Walrus, Trident, Hatche and her new calf.  Icarus was flippering for nearly seven minutes.  Cats Paw was also feeding in the very unique style she has perfected.  She spyhops in the bubble cloud and opens her mouth on the way down.