Deformation of the tail fluke tips on this Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) caused our friend Eric Zimmerman to nickname the whale "747," because it looks like a jet wing. My unfounded, wild guess is that this is a birth defect, any Blue Whale experts out there have a more peer-reviewed theory that is based on data?
Deformation of the tips of the tail fluke make this Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) an easy individual to recognize. Eric "EZ" Zimmerman calls this whale "747" because the tail looks like it belongs on a jet. More images of this whale can be seen in the next gallery (2009 06-25).