fin whale

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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.
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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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The fin whale is the second-largest creature on Earth after the blue whale.
A dead fin whale has been pulled ashore on Belgium's North Sea coast, drawing onlookers undaunted by the putrid smell.
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Omura's are about 33 to 38 feet long, slightly smaller than Bryde's, and they have distinct markings with a lower jaw that is white on the right side and dark on the left, similar to the better known fin whale.
In addition, our data argue in favor of an epidemic cluster of fatal DMV among the Mediterranean fin whale population, even though, on the basis of the amino acid sequence of the SLAM/CD150 viral receptor, this species is not included among those susceptible to DMV epidemics (5,12).
A RARE fin whale was spotted in the North Sea by a conservation team on board a ferry.
ISLAMABAD -- Using computer simulation of a fin whale head, scientists have discovered that the skulls of at least some baleen whales have acoustic properties that capture the energy of low frequencies and direct it to their ear bones.