One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large rorqual with a small dorsal fin, a dark grey back, and white underparts.
Balaenoptera physalus, family BalaenopteridaeAlso called finback, "common rorqual"
- ‘And farther down the coast, just south of the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, whale-watchers spotted a fin whale - the first such sighting in over a hundred years.’
- ‘Scientists have always wondered about the booming melodies sung by endangered fin whales.’
- ‘After the biggest whales were hunted to the point that they were too hard to find, the whalers went on to the next largest species, the fin whale.’
- ‘An adult fin whale may consume one to one and a half metric tons of food per day, feeding mainly on krill and occasionally herring.’
- ‘Recently they've had very close views of fin whales which, after the blue whale, are the largest animal that's ever lived.’
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