Minke and Bryde's whale are not endangered, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, while Sei whale
are classified as endangered but their numbers are increasing.
"This means Japan must close its domestic market for sei whale
meat, which is currently widely available in grocery stores, restaurants and the Internet," Lyman said.
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.
australis, Frequency of Ocurrence FO: 40%) and a set of odontocetes (FO: 9%): pilot whale (Globicephala melas FO: 3.3%) and misticetes (sei whale
, Balaenoptera borealis FO: 49%).
The cycle is most noticeable when considering the timing of the decline in fin and sei whale
catches in the mid-1960's, and the effort made after 1970 to replace them with Bryde's whales, a species that had been largely ignored until that time (although as noted above they were often mistaken for sei whales
in earlier catches).
The extreme south of Sri Lanka is regarded as the perfect place for this because blue whales, fin whales, sei whale
, sperm whales, orcas, dolphins, flying fish, turtles, manta rays, striped dolphins and many other colorful, big and small fishes abound here.
In a similar case, a sei whale
was found dead and attached to a container ship that was docking near Philadelphia, NOAA said.
Ian Enlander, from the Irish Whale and Dolphin group, said the nine-metre long Sei whale
was "incredibly rare in this part of the world".
At least four different species - the Minke whale, Sei whale
, white-beaked dolphin and harbour porpoise - have been recorded.
Experts examining the 33ft (10m) long animal, which died about 875 yards (800m) from the shoreline, say they are 95% sure it is a female Sei whale
The sei whale
, for example, which feeds on tiny plankton, needs more calcium because its baleen has to be finer and stiffer than that of whales that feed on larger prey.