Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus)
max 24 m in Northern Hemisphere, 120 tonnes
The fin whale is a baleen whale and the second largest whale in the world – only the blue whale is larger. Fin whales occur in all the world's major oceans and sometimes we are lucky to encountered a fin whale on our whale safari tours from Stø. The fin whale is a filter-feeder, feeding on small schooling fish, squid, and crustaceans including copepods. Fin whales become sexually mature at 6-8 years of age and mating takes place during autumn and winter. After a gestation period of 11 months, a 6 meter long and 1000-1500 kg heavy calf is born.