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Meet The Fin Whale

posted: 08/13/12
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Fin Whale

Balaenoptera physalus

Scientists calculate that 2,039,621 whales were killed in Antarctica's Southern Ocean during the decades of industrial whaling. The fin whale was the most commonly caught whale during this time; roughly three quarters of a million were killed. Today, only a small fraction of the fin whale's original numbers remain. In spite of the fin's endangered status, they are again being taken, albeit in very small numbers, by pro-whaling nations.

COMING SOON: The Second Largest Animal Alive: The enormous fin whale takes a back seat only to the even bigger blue in terms of sheer size. Find out more.

COMING SOON: The Fin Whale, Then and Now: Caught in greater numbers than any other whale during the 20th century, the heavily exploited fin whale is being targeted once again. Find out more.

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