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Humpbacks are found in all major oceans, and they're known to have one of the longest migrations of any mammals. They migrate annually from the cooler waters of their feeding grounds near the poles to the warmer waters of their mating and breeding ground closer to the equator.
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A fan favourite, dolphins have to be included in our "big 8". These friendly, social creatures are found all around the world's oceans and are thought to be one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet. Studies have shown dolphins have impressive problem-solving talents, are very creative in their hunting methods, and have even been discovered using tools. They're also one of the few animals who can recognise themselves in mirrors.
A gigantic creature, the whale shark is definitely on our "big 8" list. These huge sharks may look formidable, but they are gentle, docile creatures and harmless to humans. Whale sharks are the world's largest living species of fish, It's thought that fully-grown adults can reach an incredible 20 metres (66 feet) in length and weight 20 tons. Their life history is poorly understood but they're known to migrate extremely long distances
Next on our ocean safari we'll meet the largest member of the ray family – the manta ray. They can reach 7 metres (23 feet) from tip-to-tip. All species of rays are very closely related to sharks. They are graceful giants and glide through the water almost like they're flying. Manta rays also have one of the highest brain-to-body ratio of all fish, and rae social and curious towards humans.
As the name suggest, dwarf minke whales are not the biggest whales, growing no larger than 8 metres (26 feet) long. They can be recognised by their smaller size and also by the white coloration on their flippers. But even if they are dwarf, these dwarf minke whales are still pretty big. Their friendly and curious nature when interacting with humans also means they're a popular attraction on an ocean safari.