whaleOrder Cetartiodactyla

Family Balaenopteridae

Scientific Name

Balaenoptera borealis

Thumbnail Description

The sei whale is one of the fastest cetaceans

Size and Weight

Length

Male: 13.7 m (45 ft) Female: 15 m (49 ft)

Weight

Male: 14 m (46 ft) Female: 14.5 m (48 ft)

Habitat

All oceans including temperate and subtropical waters

Distribution

Northwestern Africa, southern United States to Greenland, California, British Columbia, North Sea

Diet

Zooplankton, small fish, calanoid copepods, euphausiids, Japanese flying squid

Reproduction

1

Population

80,000

Lifespan

65 years

Speed

50 km/h (27 km)

Sounds

Growls or whooshes

Nature

Travel alone

Conservation Status

Endangered