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[fin-bak] /ˈfɪnˌbæk/
any baleen whale of the genus Balaenoptera, having a prominent dorsal fin, especially B. physalus, of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts; rorqual: an endangered species.
Also called finback whale, fin whale.
Origin of finback
1715-25; fin + back1 Unabridged
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  • finback and minke whales appear first, followed by humpback whales in midsummer.
  • The dorsal fin is located far back on the top of the body and is smaller than that of finback or sei whales.
  • Occasionally humpback and finback whales and walrus are sighted.
  • We had a couple of finback whales around the boat and a huge ocean sunfish.
  • finback, humpback, and minke whales can be seen throughout the summer season.
  • The temporal and geographic distribution of humpback, finback and right whale calves.
British Dictionary definitions for finback


another name for rorqual
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