sei whale

\ 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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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 Most whale populations have not yet been recovered, including larger whales such as blue whales, fin whales and sei whales. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Japan will resume commercial whaling in July after a 30-year break," 9 June 2019 Other animals and wildlife to keep an eye out for while on the water include sea otters, Stellar sea lions, orcas, and fin, gray, humpback, minke and sei whales. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Kenai Fjords National Park: 10 tips to make the most of your visit," 11 Apr. 2018 Humpback and sei whales are relatively similar in size, for instance — both usually measuring longer than a school bus. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "Baleen Whales Intermingled as They Evolved, and Share DNA With Distant Cousins," 4 Apr. 2018

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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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