The fin whale belongs to the suborder of baleen whales and is the second largest animal on our planet (after the blue whale). It swims up to 300 km per day reaching a speed of 37 km/h. The fin whale is able to pass the Strait of Gibraltar within an hour in order to reach the Mediterranean population, which comprises 3,000 to 7,400 animals.
Presence in the Strait of Gibraltar: all year round
Other names: finback, finback whale, finner, common rorqual, razorback, herring whale
krill, fish, cephalopodese; 2000 kg/day
dark grey or brown back
white belly and underside of the flippers and flukes
often a bright chevron behind the head
small, sickle-shaped dorsal fin in the back third of the body