Species Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Fin whale)

Biological classification:
  • kingdom: Animalia
  • - phylum: Chordata
  • -- class: Mammalia
  • --- order: Cetacea
  • ---- family: Balaenopteridae
  • ----- species: Balaenoptera physalus
Characteristics:carnivore; length: 25m; long, streamlined body with flattened head; dark coloured back, white underside, the right lower jaw is white the left black; flippers are pointed, the dorsal fin is set far back along the body; a number of grooves, and pleats are running from throat and chest to the abdomen;
South Africa
References:Stuart and Stuart 2007: 256
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Permission: PD US NOAA
Source: wikimedia
Permission: PD US NOAA

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