Propulsion of a fin whale ( Balenoptera physalus) : why the fin whale is a fast swimmer

  title={Propulsion of a fin whale ( Balenoptera physalus) : why the fin whale is a fast swimmer},
  author={Neil Bose and Jon Lien},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B. Biological Sciences},
  pages={175 - 200}
  • N. Bose, J. Lien
  • Published 1989
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B. Biological Sciences
Measurements of an immature fin whale {Balaenoptera physalus), which died as a result of entrapment in fishing gear near Frenchmans Cove, Newfoundland (47° 9' N, 55° 25' W), were made to obtain estimates of volume and surface area of the animal. Detailed measurements of the flukes, both planform and sections, were also obtained. A strip theory was developed to calculate the hydrodynamic performance of the whale’s flukes as an oscillating propeller. This method is based on linear, two… Expand
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