- 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