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Related to finback whales: Balaenoptera physalus




(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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Finback whales, which are endangered, are second in size only to the blue whale, and like the blue whale, they have the deepest voice of any creature on earth.
On our two-hour trip we passed a seal colony, were followed by curious porpoises and spotted eight finback whales and one minky.
There are more than 20 species of dolphins swimming around the island along with sperm, pilot and finback whales.
Along New Jersey's pristine coastline - beyond the state's 127 miles of sandy beaches - Dolphin and Whale Watching cruises provide an invigorating platform for seeing playful dolphins frolic and curious humpback and finback whales surface.
In southern coastal Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park provides critical habitat and an important marine sanctuary for endangered finback whales (Balaenoptera physalus), endangered humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), and the threatened population of Steller sea-lions (Eumetopias jubatus).
Here, 500 finback whales come to gorge on the rich herring.