Sei, that looks like a whale
PASSENGERS and crew aboard the Port Douglas-based dive and snorkel vessel Silversonic were excited to see a mother and baby sei whales while travelling between reef sites this week.
The sei whales, which remain on the endangered species list, were seen by Silversonic about 2.5 km west of Agincourt 3 Reef. Shane Down, skipper of Silversonic said, ‘‘The adult was 15-18 metres long and the calf 6-7 metres.
The sei ( pronounced ‘‘say’’) whales are among the more elu- sive of the large whales and are rarely seen inshore, preferring the deeper oceans.
Growing up to 20 metres and 30 tonnes, they are the third largest of the baleen whales, after the blue whale and the fin whale.