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(Balaenoptera borealis), also sei whale, a marine mammal of the family Balaenopteridae of the suborder Mysticeti (whalebone whales). Adults reach a length of 18.8 m, and newborns 4.5 m. The narrow palate is white or pink; along its sides are a light hairlike fringe and 300 to 400 black plates of whalebone, or baleen, which reach a length of 0.8 m. The back is dark, the sides gray with small, light spots (traces of attachment of ectoparasites), and the abdomen gray to white. The dorsal fin is large and located at the beginning of the posterior third of the body.

The sei attains sexual maturity at five to seven years. It feeds on crustaceans, schooling fishes (for example, pollocks), and cephalopod mollusks. The whale occurs in all oceans—from the arctic to the antarctic. In the waters of the USSR it is found off the Kuril Islands and, very rarely, in the Barents Sea. A commercially hunted animal, the sei is decreasing in number.


(Software Engineering Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, A federally funded research and development center that is under contract to Carnegie Mellon University and is devoted to the advancement of software engineering and the quality of software support systems. The SEI carries out its mission through two principal areas of work: Software Engineering Management Practices, and Software Engineering Technical Practices.

The former practice, which employs the use of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) focuses on improving the management of software acquisition, development and implementation processes. The latter focuses on improving software engineering processes and tools. Together, these two practices are intended to promote the evolution of software engineering from an ad hoc, labor-intensive activity to a well managed discipline that is supported by technology. See CMM.
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Furthermore, it should be noted that Bryde's whales were not distinguished from sei whales until the early 1900's (and often not until much later), and for many years they continued to be listed as sei whales.
RARE SIGHT: A young Sei whale became stranded and died
A sei whale, however, would be very rare for this area, she said.
The sei whale, for instance, may live for 65 years or more.
Japan will hunt endangered sei whales for the first time in a quarter of a century during three month hunt in the northwest Pacific when they plan to kill a total of 260 whales.
Sei whales had never been filmed underwater and cameraman Doug Anderson captured the beast on film as it glided past a few feet away, holding his breath for at least a minute to ensure he'd got the shot.
Our results support findings that they are not commonly encountered off southern California with only a single sighting of a sei whale and a sighting of one other individual that was either a sei whale or a Bryde's whale.
TRAGEDY The 26ft sei whale washed up after gale force winds and high seas at Druridge Bay, Northumberland
Under the expansion Japan will catch 50 sei whales and allow 50 minke whales -- in addition to the usual 100 -- to be "sampled each year by small-type whaling catcher [sic] boats to cover the temporal and spatial gaps that cannot be sampled by the larger whaling research vessels.
Japan's Fisheries Agency announced Thursday it had submitted to the IWC a plan to expand its whaling program to include the sei whale in its catch targets and increase the annual target of minke whales by 50 under what it calls its ''research program.
The commotion soon attracts juvenile yellowfin tuna and then a 14-metre Sei whale scoops up the remains.
A sei whale, which is the fourth largest rorqual, was found swimming in the Elizabeth River at the Chesapeake Bay in August 2014.