Fin Whale sounding
The Fin Whale
Photo Credit: Whale Watch West Cork
Fin Whale Sounds: Cornell Biocoustics Research


The Endangered Mammals of Florida



Florida's Endangered Whales



The Fin Whale
Balaenoptera physalus


The Federally Endangered Fin Whale is

the second largest whale, attaining a possible

length of more than eighty feet and weighing

as much as sixty tons, it is the second

largest living animal after the Blue Whale.

Fin Whales
Fin Whales
Photo credit: NOAA


Found in every ocean, the most remarkable

characteristic of the Fin Whale is its

prominent dorsal fin.

Fin Whales

Fin Whales
Photo credit: NOAA


Although they usually swim alone, they can

occasionally be found in small groups.

This very fast swimming whale, has been

called the Greyhound of the Sea and

may live for up to ninety years.

Fin Whale Approach

Fin Whale Approach
Photo credit: Annie Douglas@PRD/SFSC


The song of the male Fin Whale is one

of the lowest made by any animal and is

normally too low for humans to hear.

Fin Whale

Fin Whale
Photo Credit: Lori@NOAA

As with many other endangered sea species,

mortality in Whales most frequently results from ship

collisions, fishing entanglements, hunting, noise pollution,

and raw waste dumped into the oceans by Cruise ships,

and the U.S. Navy Ships, making the world's oceans

more resemble one big garbage dump.


Places to learn more:

American Cetacean Society

Fin Whale Facts

Climate Affects Whale Breeding



Fin Whale Sounds



Fin Whale Page


Marine Biology

Fin Whale


New Foundland and Labrador

General Information About Fin Whales


Science Daily

Noise in the Seas Dins Courtships Sounds


Whale Center of New England

Florida's Three Endangered Whales


Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

General Whale Information


And finally, the Mother of all Whale web News sites

Whale News



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