sei whale

noun
\ ˈsā- How to pronounce sei whale (audio) , 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)

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Examples of sei whale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sei whale, a somewhat mysterious type of whale that prefer to live in temperate waters in the mid-latitudes, was not yet mature, marine mammal biologists say. oregonlive, "Endangered whale dies on Oregon beach near Bandon," 6 Sep. 2020 By the mid-Sixties, however, fin and sei whales were slim pickings in the Antarctic, and the industry inevitably shuttered. Lucy Jakub, Harper's magazine, "A View to a Krill," 2 Mar. 2020 The quota includes 52 minke wales, as well as 150 Bryde’s whales and 25 sei whales. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Japan resumed commercial whaling after 31 years. New photos show what that looks like.," 1 July 2019 Discussion about Japan’s sei whale compliance is on the CITES agenda. Dina Fine Maron, National Geographic, "Why Japan stopped some of its controversial whale hunts," 16 Aug. 2019 The sei whale, however, is currently on the endangered species list. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling in Its Home Waters," 1 July 2019 The mother factory ship Nisshin-maru and two support boats that used to go to the Antarctic will travel as far as Japan's 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone to catch minke, Bryde's and sei whales. Mari Yamaguchi, Anchorage Daily News, "Japanese whalers bring home their first commercial catch in 31 years," 2 July 2019 That breaks down to 150 bryde's whales, 52 common minke whales and 25 sei whales. Ivan Watson, CNN, "By killing whales, Japan seeks to revive a dying industry," 2 July 2019 In total, the government has set a quota of 52 Minke, 150 Bryde’s and 25 sei whales for the rest of the year. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling in Its Home Waters," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of sei whale

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sei whale

partial translation of Norwegian seihval, from sei coalfish + hval whale

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“Sei whale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sei%20whale. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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