fin whale

noun

Definition of fin whale 

: a baleen whale (Balaenoptera physalus) that may attain a length of over 70 feet (21 meters) and is found chiefly in subtropical to arctic and antarctic waters worldwide

called also finback

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The fin whale sprawled at my feet will enter the annals of science, but will see little ceremony beyond that. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Messy, Malodorous Mystery of the Dead 60-Foot Whale," 31 May 2018 Someone reported it beached on May 18, two days after NOAA got word of a ship entering San Francisco Bay with yet another fin whale draped across its bow. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Messy, Malodorous Mystery of the Dead 60-Foot Whale," 31 May 2018 This fin whale was a victim of the Bay Area’s bustling commerce, ships steaming through the Golden Gate with little regard for our ocean-going mammalian relatives. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Messy, Malodorous Mystery of the Dead 60-Foot Whale," 31 May 2018 The latest counts put the region's fin whale population at 40,000. Fox News, "Iceland company to resume commercial hunting of fin whales," 17 Apr. 2018 On reviewing the dive videotapes, expedition leader Craig Smith and his team saw that the skeleton was probably either a blue or a fin whale. Crispin T. S. Little, Scientific American, "Life at the Bottom: The Prolific Afterlife of Whales," 23 May 2017 Passengers aboard a Newport Coastal Adventure boat off the coast of California this week were treated to nearly an hour straight of two fin whales lunge-feeding on surface krill Capt. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Watch fin whales feeding off California coast next to small boat | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Jan. 2018 The fin whale, whose body is long and slender, is the second-largest mammalian on Earth after the blue whale. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Watch fin whales feeding off California coast next to small boat | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Jan. 2018 Whale-watching season now extends nearly year round, as gray whales migrate earlier in the fall — sometimes as soon as mid-November — and boats seek other species such as humpback, blue, minke and fin whales at other times of year. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Whale watching in the age of drones," 20 Oct. 2017

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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