sei whale

sei whale

noun \ˈsā-, ˈsī-\

Definition of SEI WHALE

:  a widely distributed dark gray baleen whale (Balaenoptera borealis) that has a ridge on the top of the head and may reach a length of nearly 60 feet (18 meters) —called also sei

Origin of SEI WHALE

part translation of Norwegian seihval, from sei coalfish + hval whale
First Known Use: 1912

sei whale

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Swift species (Balaenoptera borealis) of baleen whale in the rorqual family. It is 40–50 ft (13–15 m) long and is bluish gray or blackish above and paler below. It has small flippers, about 50 short lengthwise grooves on its chest, and dark baleen with pale, silky, inner fringes. It inhabits oceans from the Arctic to the Antarctic, migrating between cold and temperate summer waters and winter breeding grounds in warmer regions.

Variants of SEI WHALE

sei whale or Rudolphi's rorqual


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