if being beaconed, Fringe left the bountiful waters of Stellwagen
Bank National Marine Sanctuary sometime in the fall of 1987. It
was time to make the annual month-long journey down to the warm
waters of the Caribbean to give birth to her fourth known calf,
Tornado. The beautiful, crystal clear waters off of Puerto
Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic are the perfect
place for humpbacks to give birth to their 13+ft calves. Tornado,
as well as all other humpback calves, was born with a thin insulating
blubber layer. If she were to be born in the colder waters
of the feeding grounds, she could possibly suffer from hypothermia.
Also, her mother instinctively seeks calm, shallow waters when
giving birth. The rough, cold, wintery weather of New England
probably is not the best place to bring a calf into this world.
mother is one of the most productive females known today (See
Fringe's Family Tree).
She has had at least nine calves and is still going strong.
Tornado has some pretty big flukes to fill.
made Fringe a first time grandmother in 1995 with the birth of
her first calf, Parallel. She had her second calf, Mas-Menos,
in 1998 and her third, Beanie, in 2000.
is often seen on the rich feeding grounds of Stellwagen Bank throughout
the summer, sometimes in the same general vicinity as her mother
is not the easiest whale to identify. Her flukes are mostly
black with a little white on the right. You may also notice
a small black line within this white blotch, similar in shape
to a "tornado" (hence her name).