Fin whale

Dive as deep as 230m (750 ft) and stay submerged for up to 15 minutes

Aqqa Rosing-Asvid

Despite their immense size, Fin whales exhibit remarkable agility and speed, earning them the title of the fastest marine mammal. These magnificent creatures are capable of propelling their streamlined bodies through the water with astonishing swiftness, often breaching entirely above the surface in a breathtaking display of athleticism when they come up to breathe.

Characterized by their elongated and slender bodies, Fin whales possess a distinctive coloration pattern. Their dorsal surface is adorned in shades of grey, while their ventral side boasts a pristine white hue, providing effective camouflage against the backdrop of the ocean depths.

Throughout the 20th century, the population of Fin whales faced a catastrophic decline due to intensive whaling activities. From 1905 to 1997, an alarming number of over 725,000 Fin whales were reported killed in the Southern Hemisphere alone, decimating their numbers to a mere fraction of their former abundance. By 1997, only an estimated 38,000 individuals remained, highlighting the devastating impact of commercial whaling on this species. Despite widespread recognition of the need for conservation efforts, certain countries, including Iceland, Japan, and Greenland, continue to engage in the hunting of Fin whales, posing a significant threat to their already vulnerable populations.

In addition to the relentless pressure exerted by whaling activities, Fin whales also face significant mortality risks due to collisions with ships. As these magnificent creatures navigate their oceanic habitats, they often encounter maritime traffic, increasing the likelihood of potentially fatal collisions with vessels. The sheer size and speed of ships pose a grave danger to Fin whales, resulting in injuries or fatalities that further exacerbate the challenges faced by dwindling populations.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Indian ocean
2018
Pacific ocean
2018
Arctic Ocean
2018
Atlantic Ocean
2018
Antarctic ocean
2018
Mediterranean Sea
2018
Gulf of Mexico
2018
Okhotsk Sea
2018
Bering Sea
2018
Baltic Sea
2018

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No