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Fin Whale

posted: 12/01/15
Fin Whale
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Scientific Name: Balaenoptera physalus
Status:
Endangered
Number Remaining: estimated 50,000 to 90,000
Average Length: 65-80 feet
Average Weight: up to 80 tons

The fin whale is the second largest mammal in the world, just behind the blue whale. They are nicknamed "razorback" due to their distinctive dorsal fin. They also have a unique coloration on their jaw that is thought to help them catch fish and krill.

Commercial whaling is the main threat to this species.

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