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Fin whale - details and habitat

Fin whale

The fin whale is the second-largest whale species after the blue, to which it is genetically close. Fin-blue whale hybrids are known.

There are no agreed estimates of current total population, although there are some signs of recovery in parts of the Southern Hemisphere where it has been protected since 1976. There are about 40-50,000 in the North Atlantic, where up to 19 per year can be taken by Greenlandic aboriginal hunters.

Japan has recently added the fin to its list of science targets and plans to take 50 per year. Iceland has also caught small numbers commercially in recent years.

Status: Endangered

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