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Fin Whale

Fin Whale
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The size of a Fin Whale compared to an average human
The size of a Fin Whale compared
to an average human

Fin Whale Range Map (Worldwide)
Fin Whale Range Map (Worldwide)

Fin Whale
Latin Name Balaenoptera physalus
Conservation Status Endangered
Location Worldwide
Colour Grey
Length 19 - 26.8 m (62 - 88 ft)
Weight 45 - 75 tonnes (44.5 - 74 tons)
Life Expectancy Up to 94 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Fin Whales are the second largest species of whale and the second largest living animal, with only the blue whale being larger. They are between 19 and 26.8 m (62 - 88 ft) in length and they weigh between 45 and 75 tonnes (44.5 - 74 tons).


Fin Whales can be found worldwide.


Fin Whales feed on small schooling fish, squid and crustaceans such as krill.


After a 12 month gestation period a single calf is born. At birth the calf is between 5.5 and 6.5 m (18 - 21 ft) in length and it weighs around 2 tons (1,814 Kgs). They are weaned at 9 - 10 months old and males reach sexual maturity at 6 - 10 years of age.

Due to the length of the gestation and nursing periods, Fin Whales have a birthing interval of 3 - 4 years.


Humans are predators of Fin Whales.


There are two subspecies of Fin Whale:

Northern Fin Whale
(Balaenoptera physalus physalus)
They are found in the North Atlantic

Antarctic Fin Whale
(Balaenoptera physalus quoyi)
They are found in the southern ocean

Interesting Facts

Fin Whales are also known as:
Finback Whale
Common Rorqual

Similar Animals

Blue Whale
Sei Whale
Omura's Whale
Bryde's Whale
Pygmy Bryde's Whale
Common Minke Whale
Antarctic Minke Whale
Humpback Whale

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