Omura's Whale
Skeleton Omura
A Skeleton of an Omura's Whale.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Balaenopteridae
Genus Balaenoptera
Species Balaenoptera omurai
Conservation Status
Data Deficient

The Omura's whale is a species of rorqual in the genus Balaenoptera. It is the third smallest member of its genus (only the two species of minke whale are smaller), growing to 11.5 m (38 ft) in length. It occurs in the Indo-Pacific, from southern Japan south to South Australia.


It resembles the larger fin whale in external appearance, both having asymmetrical coloration - dark gray on the left lower jaw and white on the right, with some individuals have a white blaze on the rostrum and over the eye, a white interstripe wash, and a dark eye stripe between the two. Also like the fin whale, its pectoral fins have a white leading edge and ventral surface. It's baleen is dark gray on the left side and white on the first part of the right side, also like the fin whale. Unlike the fin whale, it has an upright, hooked dorsal fin similar to the Bryde's whale.


It has an inconspicous blow. Individuals in the Komodo National Park have been observing feeding, breaching, etc.


They presumbaly feed on krill.


They oldest Omura's whale was 38-year-old.


  • A skeleton of an Omura's Whale.


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