Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

The fin whale is very sleek, fast and its size is only exceeded by that of the blue whale.  The fin whale body is dark gray above and white below and the flukes are bordered with gray underneath.  There are 260 to 480 baleen plates on each side of the upper mouth and the baleen is olive green or black, with the exception of a cream-color on the front third of the right side of the mouth. The fin whale can be seen year-round.

Current threats:  The primary threat currently facing fin whales is collisions with vessels, although entanglement in fishing gear, reduced prey abundance due to overfishing, habitat degradation, and disturbance from low-frequency noise also threaten fin whales.

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