sei whale

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sei whale

A baleen whale (Balaenoptera borealis) having a grayish body with a whitish underside, a curved dorsal fin, and grooves on the throat.

[Partial translation of Norwegian seihval; see sei.]

sei whale



(Animals) a rorqual, Balaenoptera borealis
[C20: from Norwegian seihval, from sei coalfish (see saithe) + hval whale: so called because it follows coalfish in search of food]

sei′ whale`

a rorqual, Balaenoptera borealis, inhabiting all seas.
[1915–20; < Norwegian seihval]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sei whale - similar to but smaller than the finback whalesei whale - similar to but smaller than the finback whale
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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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.
For the next 5 years the sei whale was the primary target until their catch numbers dropped below 10,000 a year.
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.
According to an affidavit by an agent with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the activists slipped the meat into plastic bags and shipped it to a marine mammalogist, who confirmed that the flesh was that of the endangered sei whale, a leviathan that grows to about 50 feet in length.
The dwarf minke belongs in the same genus (Balaenoptera) as the mightiest animals on the planet, including the blue, finback and sei whale.