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Fin Whale - Balaenoptera physalus

Fin Whale is the second largest whale on Earth and a frequent visitor of Saint Lawrence River during summer. It is a fast swimmer and it likes to gather in groups for feeding.

Common Names

  • Fin Whale (en)
  • Rorcual común, Ballena de aleta (es)
  • Rorqual commun (fr)
  • Finnwal (de)

Taxonomy

  • Artiodactyla
  • Cetacea
  • Balaenopteridae
  • Balaenoptera physalus

Videos Behavioral Traits

Where & When to Spot

This species can be observed during summer months (July, August and September) in Saguenay St Lawrence Marine Park.

How to Identify

The primary characteristic to identify this species is the form of the dorsal fin, with straight, not curved, anterior slope, the light grey color of the dorsal part, and the fact that this species doesn’t show the fluke when diving.

Photos

Two Fin Whales (Balaenoptera physalus)

Two Fin Whales (Balaenoptera physalus)

Two emerging fin whales near Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - 2021-08-23

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 70mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/16; Iso 640;

Emerging Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

Emerging Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

Emerging Fin Whale near Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - 2021-08-22

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 70mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f/9; Iso 320;

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