Spotlight on Finback Whales

If you go on a whale watching tour, one of the animals you may encounter is the finback whale. Finback whales—also sometimes called fin whales—are the second largest mammal in the world, weighing in at almost 80 tons. They are endangered, so getting the opportunity to see one while whale watching is special.

Finback whales have a distinctive look that makes them easy to identify. They have a ridge behind the dorsal fin that looks similar to a razor, which has earned them the nickname of razorback. The lower right side of the jaw of a finback whale is white, while the lower left part is black. There is an estimated population of between 50,000 and 90,000, and while killing them is banned in some areas, they are still hunted for meat, baleen, and oil in other parts of the world.

Captain John Boats offers exciting, educational whale watching tours designed around conservation and protecting whale populations. Learn more about booking a whale watching tour in Plymouth by calling (508) 927-5575.

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