Blue whale Balaenoptera musculus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Suborder: Mysticeti Family: Balaenopteridae
Sightings in Madeira
April and September
Huge, grey/bluish mottled body with very big head (one fourth of total body length)
Pale blue/grey or white underside.
Very small dorsal fin set well back (about three quarters) along its body
Settle or slowly swim without exposing rear body.
Some individuals are easy to approach.
May show flukes on diving
All over the world, though separate populations in North Pacific, North Atlantic, Indian and Southern Oceans.
Worldwide, mainly in cold waters and open ocean
1 or 2 individuals together
Krill and other crustaceans
Max length: 24 to 33.6 m, depending on the subspecies
Adult weight: 100 to 120 ton
Upright and columnar up to 12 meters tall. Regular blows every 10 to 20 seconds for about 2 to 6 minutes before diving
IUCN Status: Endangered
Madeira frequency status: Rare
Other languages common names
ENG - Sulphur-bottom Whale
GER - Blauwal
FRA - Baleine bleue Rorqual bleu
ESP - Rorcual azul, Ballena azul
SWE - Blåval
DAN - Blåhval
ITA - Balenottera azzurra
NED - Blauwe vinvis
NOR - Blåkval, Blåhval
POL - Płetwal błękitny
POR - Baleia azul
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