Tornado the Humpback Whale

Her Story

Tornado was born in 1988 to a whale named Fringe.  She was named for the white oval on the right half of her fluke.  The picture (left) below shows Fringe on the left and Tornado beside her as a calf in 1988.

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Tornado’s head is visible and Fringe is diving
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Tornado’s dorsal fin
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Tornado’s eye while close to the boat
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Tornado’s fluke

Tornado is famous for coming up to the boats.  It isn’t often that a whale looks up at people with its eye wide open, but Tornado did.  You can see this on the whale watch trip described at the bottom of this page.

Other views of Tornado from the DVD

tornado the humpback whale spyhop
Tornado spyhop she has lots of barnacle scar
tornado the humpback whale blowholes
Tornado blowholes
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Tornado under people
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Tornado coming to boat


Tornado and her extended family can be seen on:

Salt & Friends: Humpback Whales With Names

Tornado is part of the story about Fringe’s family which is four minutes in length.  You will see Tornado with three of her calves.

Tornado’s History

Mother:               Fringe First Sighting:   1988
Year Of Birth:   1988 Last Seen:           2017

Tornado’s Family Tree

Calves Year of Birth Grandcalves
Parallel 1995
Mas Menos 1998
Beanie 2000
Unnamed 2003
Samurai 2006
Unnamed 2008
Unnamed 2012

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

We selected the very best clips of Tornado from 17,096 trips to the feeding grounds where this whale can be sighted from April thru October.

You will be delighted to spend 21 minutes watching Tornado. One day we saw a humpback in the distance and approached slowly to find Tornado.  We were rewarded with an incredible close approach.  Tornado showed great interest in the boat by twisting and turning in every way to get a good look at us.  You will see her eye, watch her stand on her head, thrill to a great spyhop and look her right in the face.


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