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Humpback whales have patterns of black and white pigmentation and scars on the underside of their tails that are unique to each whale, just as fingerprints are to humans. For scientific purposes each humpback whale sighted in the North Pacific is assigned a catalog number. The unique scarring and shading patterns also help scientists create common names for each whale. New calves are not named because their coloring and scarring often change dramatically during that first year. On the Fjordland we keep a catalog of all the whales tails and their names. Ride the Fjord Express and learn the names of the whales in Lynn Canal!