The Fin Whale

Fin Whales

The Fin Whale is the largest measuring around 88 feet in length and weighing 70 tonnes. Females are larger than males; size doesn’t hinder its speed. This whale has been clocked at 41 km/h. Commercial whaling from 1935 to 1965 took a terrible toll on all whale stocks. After 1966, all whales became protected. A lot of research still needs to be done on all whales. Researchers believe that male whales “sing” to gain a female’s attention. Locals refer to this whale simply as the fin or finback. The Fin Whale has a life span of 85-90 years. The Fin Whale has one calf every three years. It eats up to two tonnes of food each day.