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ror·qual

 (rôr′kwəl)
n.
Any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small, pointed dorsal fin, and including the blue whale and the humpback whale.

[French, from Norwegian rørhval, from Old Norse reydharhvalr : reydhr, rorqual (from raudhr, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots) + hvalr, whale.]

rorqual

(ˈrɔːkwəl)
n
(Animals) any of several whalebone whales of the genus Balaenoptera, esp B. physalus: family Balaenopteridae. They have a dorsal fin and a series of grooves along the throat and chest. Also called: finback
[C19: from French, from Norwegian rörhval, from Old Norse reytharhvalr, from reythr (from rauthr red) + hvalr whale]

ror•qual

(ˈrɔr kwəl)

n.
any of several whales of the genus Balaenoptera; finback.
[1820–30; < French < Norwegian rørkval, Old Norse reytharhvalr=reyth(a)r rorqual (akin to rauthr red) + hvalr whale1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rorqual - any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal finrorqual - any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin
baleen whale, whalebone whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
Balaenopteridae, family Balaenopteridae - rorquals; blue whales
Balaenoptera physalus, common rorqual, fin whale, finback, finback whale - large flat-headed whalebone whale having deep furrows along the throat; of Atlantic and Pacific
Balaenoptera borealis, sei whale - similar to but smaller than the finback whale
Balaenoptera acutorostrata, lesser rorqual, minke whale, piked whale - small finback of coastal waters of Atlantic and Pacific
Translations
balenottera
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We recommend care when discerning Fin Whales from other rorquals in these waters, and that mariners exercise caution when transiting these waters given the documented presence of Fin Whales in the region.
Specifically, abundance estimates were produced for unidentified Mesoplodon beaked whales; unidentified beaked whales; rorquals identified as either sei (Balaenoptera borealis) or Bryde's (B.
Minke whales are part of the rorquals family, which includes the humpback whale, the fin whale, the Bryde's whale, the sei whale and the blue whale.
Minke whales are part of the rorquals, a family which includes the humpback whale, the fin whale, the Bryde's whale, the sei whale and the blue whale.
Sightings were clearly dominated by South American fur seals (Arctocephalus australis) (75.4%), followed by sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) (8.2%), with small number of rorquals and dolphins recorded.
Family Balaenopteridae: Only three species belonging to this family (commonly referred to as rorquals) have been reported in the study area, namely: the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), the Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) and the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) (Townsend, 1935; Aguayo et al., 1998a).
After this, several participating countries (England, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Canada, and the United States in the Northern Hemisphere and South Africa, England, Chile, Norway, and Argentina in the Southern Hemisphere) took full advantage of the previously unexploited stocks of large rorquals (Allison, 2012).
Les rorquals communs sont relativement abondants dans le Pacifique Nord et en particulier dans le golfe d'Alaska et la mer de Bering, bien qu'ils y aient ete decimes par plusieurs decennies de campagnes baleinieres.
Humpbacks belong to a group of whales called rorquals, that includes the fin whale and the blue whale, the largest animal that has ever lived.
They give clear descriptions of physical characteristics and habitats and even provide a handy species checklist to record your loons, grebes, rorquals, terns and albatrosses.
Australia accused Japan on April 1 of planning to step up whaling activities by hunting humpback whales and common rorquals in addition to its current catches of smaller minke whales.