Upper body dark grey, white to pale-grey underneath. Lines (throat pleats) underneath from throat to middle of the body. Dorsal fin with curved edge. Water spray from blowhole is a vertical jet less than 5 m high. Up to 19 m long.
Sei Whales are shy animals and usually avoid ships. They feed by lunging at shoals of fish and crustaceans.
Humans interactions include:
Commercial exploitation of this species ended in 1979 in the Southern Hemisphere.
Worldwide. Most Australian waters. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.
Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)
Plankton or Particles
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Data Deficient
- EPBC Act 1999 : Vulnerable
- IUCN Red List : Endangered
- CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix I)