Sei Whales (Balaenoptera borealis)

The Sei (pronounced "say" or "sigh") whale is notable because of its unpredictable distribution, characterized by major influxes into an area followed by absence for years or even decades.  It has a large, sleek body, that is dark gray on its back and often white or cream-colored on the underside.  The sei whale feeds on small fish, squid, krill, and smaller zooplankton.  

Threats: During the 19th and 20th centuries, Sei whales were targeted and greatly depleted by commercial hunting and whaling, with an estimated 300,000 animals killed for their meat and oil. Other threats that may affect Sei whale populations are ship strikes and interactions with fishing gear, such as traps/pots.

To report a dead, injured or stranded marine mammal, please call: 1-866-767-6114 
For law enforcement, harassments,  and other violations, please call:  1-800-853-1964

For entangled marine mammals, please call: 1-877-SOS-WHALe or 1-877-767-9425
or hail the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF Ch. 16
To report derelict gear, please call: 1-855-542-3935