Sei Whale (Balaenoptera Borealis)

Sandreyður, Seihval, Sejhval, Noordse vinvis, Sei baleine, Seiwal

Sei Whales are the third largest species in the world, after the Blue Whales and Fin Whales. We saw this species for the first time on a whale watching tour in the summer 2012 and hopefully we will see more of them in the future. This species is rarely seen on whale watching tours because they prefer deep offshore waters and avoid ships and boats for the most part. Sei Whales have long, sleek body that is dark bluish-gray in colour and pale underneath. It is easy to mistake the Sei Whale for a common Minke Whale but Sei Whales are bigger, the dorsal fin taller and the snout rounder. Sei Whales are the least known of all the rorquals in the North Atlantic, but considered abundant in the central North Atlantic.  Very little is known of the social structure of the Sei Whales, they are mainly solitary but have been seen in big pods in particularly abundant feeding grounds.

Seldomly seen in Eyjafjörður/Akureyri.