The Fin whale is the second longest species of cetacea, right after the blue whale. Despite their large sizes, they are the fastest among the cetaceans and can leap entirely above the water when they come up to breathe.
Their body is long and slender, grey on the upper surface and white on the underside.
Their population number was severely impacted by whale hunting during the 20th century. Between 1905 to 1997, over 725,000 fin whales were reported killed in the Southern Hemisphere; only 38,000 survived as of 1997. Iceland, Japan, and Greenland still hunt them. Collision with ships is also a major cause of their mortality.
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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