Sei whale is the third largest known whale in existence. It belongs to the group of baleen whales and to the group Cetacea. It is one of the fastest whales, reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. This whale species inhabits all oceans and adjoining seas except in tropical and Polar Regions.
They prefer temperate, deep offshore waters. They are very elusive as they do not come very close to land at any time and do not form large groups.
Quick Facts: –
- Adult males usually grow to be 40 – 50 feet long and weigh as much as 100,000 pounds. Females are a bit larger than their male counterparts.
- The scientific name of Sei Whales is Balaenoptera borealis.
- Sei whales are generally seen in groups of members ranging from two to five.
- Like other baleen whales, they also keep their mouth open while swimming to gulp water in and strain in back after trapping the prey.
- They have a big appetite and are able to consume as much as 2,000 pounds of food per day.
- They have 300 to 400 baleen plates on each side of the mouth. Individual plates are 19 inches long.
- Their mating takes place during winter months and females give birth every 2 to 3 years to one calf at a time.
- Gestation period in females can last from 11 to 13 months.
- The average lifespan of the Sei Whale in the wild is 65 years.
- Like other baleen whales, these whales have two blow holes instead of just one.
- These whales produce low-frequency, growl-like calls to communicate to each other.