A Large Pod of Fin, er, Sei Whales

February 13th, 2010 at 11:50 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

And, right as we saw the Antarctic fur seal, the ocean in the distance exploding with whale blow. Turns out we had found a large pod of fin whales, which are among the largest mammals in the world.

UPDATE – Feb. 14, 2010: Our marine mammal experts on board, now that they have had time to review the photos from yesterday, have determined that at least some of the fin whales we saw were in fact Sei whales – similar to the fin whales, but a different species with slight different features. And the species may swim together in a pod, to further complicate identification.

The blow from the pod of fin whales is reminiscent of the fountains at the Bellagio

The blow from the pod of fin whales is reminiscent of the fountains at the Bellagio

What a school of fin whales this was - all blowing out simultaneously

What a school of fin whales this was - all blowing out simultaneously

Here you can clearly see the mouth and lower jaw of a fin whale (rear one)

Here you can clearly see the mouth and lower jaw of a fin whale (rear one)

The pod of fin whales and our vessel part ways with a final spout

The pod of fin whales and our vessel part ways with a final spout

 

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