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fin whale

A large baleen whale (Balaenoptera physalus) having grooves on the throat, a prominent dorsal fin, and a whitish underside. Also called finback, razorback.



any baleen whale of the genus Balaenoptera, esp. B. physalus, having a prominent dorsal fin; rorqual.
Also called fin′back whale′, fin whale.
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Noun1.fin whale - large flat-headed whalebone whale having deep furrows along the throatfin whale - large flat-headed whalebone whale having deep furrows along the throat; of Atlantic and Pacific
rorqual, razorback - any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin
Balaenoptera, genus Balaenoptera - type genus of the Balaenopteridae
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Whales & dolphins are stars of the sea BY ABIGAIL O'LEARY THESE stunning images show pods of dolphins and fin whales frolicking together off the south coast of Ireland.
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Japan has continued killing thousands of minke and fin whales under a loophole that allows IWC members to kill whales for scientific research.
The three ships departed from the western port of Shimonoseki to join other ships to hunt up to 935 Antarctic minke whales and up to 50 fin whales through March, the news agency said.
When Tokyo retailer Michinoku Farm began selling dog chews made from fin whales, company president Takumo Konno never thought the offering would anger customers.
In contrast, the darkest whales, the deeply pigmented fin whales, were found to be resistant to sun damage showing the lowest prevalence of sunburn lesions in their skin.
There are fewer than one hundred thousand fin whales 6 the second largest mammal after the majestic blue whale -- left in the world, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
However, Japan self awards its own whaling quota, and this year has allocated itself up to 935 Minke Whales and 50 Fin Whales to be caught and killed in the Antarctic.