Balaenoptera borealis (Sei whale)

northern rorqual, pollack whale, coalfish whale, sardine whale, Rudolph's rorqual, Japan finner [English]; seiwalvis [Afrikaans]; Seiwal [German]; rorqual du Nord, rorqual du Rudolph, baleine noire [French]

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Balaenoptera borealis (Sei whale)  

Sei whale, seen on a pelagic trip off Cape Town, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ]

 

The Sei whale is a large whale averaging 15 metres in length and weighs around 14 000 kilograms. It is a filter feeding baleen whale of a dark grey colour.

Text by Derek Ohland


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