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Shared by : Kushal Naharki (Nepal) and Iphigenie Bera (Rwanda)
Habitat : Outer continental shelf and slope in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean
Status : Endangered
Introduction
Sei whale the third-largest after the blue whale and the fin whale. They reach a length up to 60 feet and a weight of 100,000 pounds . This species is primarily gray with oval shaped white scars due to bites from cigar sharks and lampreys (fish). They have a pointed snout, short pectoral fins, and a dorsal fin that is erect and found at the end of the back. Sei whales can blow water straight up out of their blow hole to a height up to 13 feet. Sei whales are classified as baleen whales - they filter water for food through baleen plates.
Threats
Sei whale population has been seriously depleted due to human capture and harvesting. Sei whale was exploited in the southern hemisphere and the North Pacific from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s. Industrialization, population growth and pollution have also resulted in depletion in the number of sei whale.

Reference :
https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/sei-whale http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/2475/0
http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/imperiled/profiles/mammals/sei-whale/ Image Credit NOAA

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