Not only are they huge, they are the second largest whale in the world, but they are built like a torpedo and are so powerful that a few swishes of their fluke can propel them over 30 mph to lunge after their favorite prey being schooling fish. It is not uncommon to see these whales raise up and take off from gorging in our waters when there are Killer whales in the area and what a site that is. Killer whales, or Orca, are the only known predator to the fin whales and the Orca's can reach speeds of up to 40 mph!!!
Fin whales Might look a bit like the Big Blue whales but they have some beautiful body markings that give them away. Fin whales wear a white to grayish veil, (scientists use the term chevron and the blaze) that creates an abstract "V" shape on the back of the head that usually merges into a swirl as it drops to the lower right jaw that turns into a pure white lip. Each animals marking are totally unique. The left side of the fin whales face and lip are still dark gray to almost black! Researchers suggest that this lighter right jaw and lip aids the whales to catch their prey. When fin whales role with their right white lip towards the prey it actually helps to camouflage and allow the whales to engulf even more prey with every bite.
Facts about the Fin Whale:
|Lifespan:||More than 70 years.|
|Population:||Numbers indicate they are recovering after whaling.|
|Distribution:||Worldwide, temperate to polar latitudes and can be seen in coastal, shelf, and deep open ocean waters.|
|Diet:||Small schooling fish and krill.|
|Group Size:||3 - 7 and up to 100 in feeding groups.|
|Adults:||Adult females are slightly larger than adult males.
Length: 59 to 79' (18 - 24 m)
Weight: 260,000 lb. (120,000 kg)
|Newborns:||Length: 19.5 - 21' (6 - 6.5 m)
Weight: 4,000 - 6,000 lb. (1,800 - 2,700 kg)