This magnificent female fin whale has been returning to the St. Lawrence every year since 1989!  While it’s hard to appreciate the scale in this photo, this whale is huge.  Fin whales are second to only blue whales in terms of length (up to 27 metres or close to 90 feet) and weight (45,000-64,000 kg or 50-70 tons).  You would think with this much mass that they would be very slow swimmers, but they are actually one of the speediest, reaching speeds of up to 37 km/hr or about 20 knots.  This one was taking a bit of a break from feeding on krill and was just lounging around when we visited it.

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