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Rorqual commun

Balaenoptera physalus

Rorqual commun – Balenottera – Fin whale

The only frequent mysticete in the Mediterranean, it is the second largest animal in the world after the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus).

Features : elongated and tapered body, with a color that varies from dark gray to black-brown. It is recognized for the characteristic dorsal fin (from which it takes its name, "fin" or "fin"), easily visible during the emergence, as well as the whitish right side of the lower jaw, which extends over the body with a clear spot at V.

Length (maximum): 22-24 m, with records around 27 meters.

Lunghezza (massima): 22-24 m, con record intorno ai 27 metri.

Weight: over 80 tons

Longevity: over 80 years

Average immersion depth: - 230 m

Profondità media di immersione: – 230 m

Food Diet: krill and other crustaceans, fish and squid.

Food Diet: krill e altri crostacei, pesci e calamari.

Threats: maritime traffic and collisions, entrapment in networks.

Threats: traffico marittimo e collisioni, intrappolamento nelle reti.