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(Animals) another name for rorqual



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.finback - large flat-headed whalebone whale having deep furrows along the throatfinback - 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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We saw minkes and finbacks (Dhs169 adults, Dhs123 children; zundytiderunners.
No finbacks were hunted by Lamont's crew as he deemed it too difficult and dangerous an enterprise (Lamont, 1876:7).
Adult finbacks can reach up to 88 feet (27 meters) and weigh up to 70 tonnes.
Finbacks are the second largest species of whale and can be as long as 70 feet, and weight as much as 70 tons.
Finbacks can be recognized by their rather pointed head, prominent back and pronounced dorsal fin.
Finally, a trip to the Cape wouldn't be complete without watching the whales, most commonly humpbacks but also large finbacks, smallish minkes and even endangered right whales (which are not approachable).
Whales, accompanied by schools of porpoises, who come to the nutrient-rich waters in the summer include minkies, finbacks, humpbacks, and the rare right whale.
1885 Taken in one day off Provincetown May 1885 Whale carcass exhibited in Portland June 1885 Fanny Sprague 'has taken twenty-six or more finbacks off the Maine coast since February.