Fin Whale

(Balaenoptera physalus)


Average size: 21 meters (68 feet) and 45 tonnes (100,000 pounds)

Appearance: Fin whales have asymmetrical coloring, with a gray to white horizontal 'V' pattern on the right side. They are the second largest baleen whale and one of the fastest baleen whales

Worldwide conservation status:  Vulnerable

U.S. conservation status: Endangered

New York conservation status: Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Vocalizations: These whales make some of the lowest-frequency sounds of any animal. Males produce songs made up of loud pulses lasting 1–2 seconds, in patterns that can last anywhere from several minutes to days