Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Mammalia
                        Family : Balaenopteridae
         Scientific Name : Balaenoptera 

                        Size(L) : 6.5cm - 24cm 
                                        (21ft - 79ft)
                        Weight : 1,800kg - 70,000kg 
                                           - 150,000lbs)
                  Top Speed : 40km/h (25mph)
                   Life Span : 50 - 60 years

                       Colour : Grey, Black, 
                                       White, Blue
                  Skin Type : Smooth
 Distinctive Features : Pointed snout and 
                                      two blowholes on top
                                       of the head
  1. Fin Whales are large marine mammals found in the oceans all around the world.
  2. They are the second largest animals in the world after the Blue Whale.
  3. They grow to be around 20m long and have a long, slender body.
  4. They are either blue or grey in color and their undersides are slightly lighter.
  5. Distinctively, they have a pointed snout and two blowholes on top of their head.
  6. There are 2 species- the Norther Fin Whale and The Antarctic Fin Whale.
  7. They are found in the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere respectively.
  8. The Antarctic Fin Whales are larger in size than the Northern Fin Whale, otherwise, they are similar in appearance.
  9. Fin Whales are known to inhabit cold and tropical water though they prefer temperate regions.
  10. They are carnivores feeding on fish, krill, plankton, squid and crustaceans.
  11. They filter feed by opening their mouth and swimming faster.
  12. The specially designed plates in their mouth, help them filter out their food.
  13. They have no natural predators, but new born fin whale calves are sometimes attacked by large sharks.
  14. Humans have also hunted them extensively.
  15. Fin Whales breed in winter and migrate southwards to warmer water to nurse their young.
  16. The females give birth to the calves after a yearlong gestation.
  17. The calves feed on their mother’s milk for 7 months and then start hunting in water.
  18. Fin Whales are an endangered species today.

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