Sei, that looks like a whale

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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