Length: 6.4m/21.1ft (newborn); 17.5-20.5 (26.0)m/57.7-67.8 (85.8)ft (adult)
Head and Beak: Fin whale have a V-shaped head with a single central ridge.
Fin and Markings: 60cm high dorsal fin points backwards, situated two-thirds along the back. The fin whale body is grey above, white below. Note asymetric white extending on the right side over lower lip, mouth cavity and front baleen plates.
ID: Fin whales have a vertical bushy blow 4-6m high, then a long shallow roll.
Status and Distribution: Rare, in deep Atlantic waters from Iceland and Norway south to the Iberian Peninsula, and east into the Mediterranean (particularly the Ligurian Sea). In the northern European waters