Upper body grey to brown, white underneath. Lines (throat pleats) underneath from throat to middle of the body. Dorsal fin with curved edge. Tail wide with a pointed notch in the middle of the rear edge. Water spray from blowhole is a vertical jet about 5 m high. Up to 27 m long.
Fin Whales feed by rolling on their side and opening their mouth to catch krill.
Humans interactions include:
Commercial whaling of this species still occurs in some ocean areas.
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)