A humpback whale lives throughout the ocean and is comfortable in many different climates including temperate and tropical climates, reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The humpback whale is a massive whale that can grow up to 50 feet in length and weigh approximately 25 to 40 tons, reports the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The humpback whale has been listed as "endangered" on the United States Endangered Species Act despite their long lifespan. Humpback whales can live for as many as 80 years in the wild. The whales are killed by their predator, the killer whale as well as by humans, who originally hunted them for oil and meat. Today the greater threat to the humpback whale (and the other animals of the ocean) is the destruction of their habitats through ship strikes and pollution.