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Fin Whale - Balaenoptera physalus

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

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.

Where & When to Spot

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

Fin Whales Emerging and Diving

The most memorable encounters with fin whales during a two weeks stay in the national Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park second half of August 2021.

Recorded August 18-25, 2021 in Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park by Karl-Heinz Müller

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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 - August 23, 2021

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 70mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/16; Iso 640;
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Emerging Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

Emerging Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

Emerging Fin Whale near Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - August 22, 2021

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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