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Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus

Mammalia > Artiodactyla > Cetacea > Balaenopteridae

Names in different Languages

GermanFinnwal
EnglishFin Whale
FrenchRorqual commun
SpanishRorcual común, Ballena de aleta

Description

Fin Whale is the second largest whale on Earth and a frequent visitor of Saint Lawrence River during summer. It is a fast swimmer and it likes to gather in groups for feeding.

How to Identify

The primary characteristic to identify this species is the form of the dorsal fin, with straight, not curved, anterior slope, the light grey color of the dorsal part, and the fact that this species doesn’t show the fluke when diving.

Where When to Spot

This species can be observed during summer months (July, August and September) in Saguenay St Lawrence Marine Park.

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2021-08-23Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park
2021-08-22Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park