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- The Fin whale is a baleen whale belonging to the family Balaenopteridae, which includes the group of cetaceans known as Rorquals.

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Fin whales (Balaenoptera Physalus) can reach up to 90 feet in length and a weight of 74 tons. They are the second largest animals to have ever lived on this planet and your best chance to see a Fin whale is around Loreto on a day trip from Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico. Tour operators generally advertise this as a Blue whale expedition, but often Fin whales show up as well.

Fin whales are named for their prominent, back sweeping dark colored dorsal fin. In the northern hemisphere Fin whales grow to about 65 feet while in the southern hemisphere their counterparts can exceed 75 feet. Fin whales in the Sea of Cortez tend to reach about 60 feet and about 50 tonnes. The Fin whale has a slender body type with brown to gray coloration and two lighter asymmetric chevron patches.

Upon surfacing, the Fin whale’s spout is vertical and narrow, reaching up to 35 feet in height. Soon after the head surfaces you can typically see the dorsal fin break the surface which aids identification. In the Baja, Fin whales typically do not show their flukes, instead bending their backs before a dive, dives typically lasting less than 10 minutes. The population of Fin whales in the Sea of Cortez is recognized as genetically distinct from other populations of these animals due to their relative isolation.

The Fin whale has 60 – 100 folded pleats or grooves that run from the mouth to the navel, allowing the throat to greatly expand to consume large volumes of its small prey. They feed on small schooling fish, squid and crustaceans like krill usually at depths of up to 600 feet.

Fin whales reach sexual maturity between 6 and 12 years of age typically about 60 feet in length. They give birth every 2 to 3 years to (usually) a single calf that is 20 feet long and 4000 pounds after an 11 month gestation period. The calf will stay with the mother until it is 6 or 7 months old at about 35 feet in length.

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