family Balaenopteridae


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Noun1.family Balaenopteridae - rorqualsfamily Balaenopteridae - rorquals; blue whales    
mammal family - a family of mammals
Mysticeti, suborder Mysticeti - baleen whales: right whales; rorquals; blue whales; humpbacks
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
genus Megaptera, Megaptera - humpback whales
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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).
Belonging to the family Balaenopteridae together with Humpback whale and Blue whale, the species, which is also commonly known as Tropical whale reflecting its preference for tropical waters and warm temperate waters was given its common name, Bryde's whale, in honor of Norwegian consul Johan Bryde, who built the first whaling factory in Durban, South Africa.