pectoralfin
pectoral fin splash
CFD-analysis of the flow around a humpback whale's pectoral fin - start: 2004
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whale pages
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parameters / characteristics:

length10-15m

mass25 to 45 metric tons

lifespan50 to 200 years

food consumptionapprox 1 metric ton per day

energy conversionca. 34 kW

maximum drive power204 kW

max. speed7 m/s

max. dive depth100 m

max. dive duration30 min


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biological classification
(taxonomy)
Domain:
eukaryotes (Eucaryota)
Kingdom:
animal (Animalia)
(unranked):
multicellular organisms (Metazoa)
Subkingdom:
Eumetazoa
(unranked):
Bilateria
Superphylum:
Deuterostomia
Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrate
Infraphylum:
Gnathostomata
Superclass:
Tetrapoda
Class:
mammals (Mammalia)
Subclass:
Theria
Infraclass:
Eutheria
Superorder:
Laurasiatheria
(unranked):
Cetartiodactyla
Order:
whales (Cetacea)
Suborder:
baleen whales (Mysticeti)
Family:
rorquals (Balaenopteridae)
Genus:
Megaptera
Species:
humpback whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae)

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by Kirsten 2006