Sei Whale

Photo: WDC
Photo: WDC 
  • Scientific Name: Balaenoptera borealis
  • Length: 40 – 60 feet
  • Weight: up to 50 tons
  • Population seen in the Northeast*: Over 200
  • Status: Endangered
  • Description:  Medium, dark whale with a falcate dorsal fin and pointed snout. Body is often covered with oval-shaped scars or subtle mottling. Often confused for Bryde’s whales, can be distinguished by a small ridge on the rostrum.  Feed on small plankton, such as copepods, and are often seen in the same vicinity as basking sharks and/or right whales.

* Nova Scotia Stock Population

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