At a glance, the sei whale can be easily be confused with the minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata but can be distinguished by having dark coloured flippers and a uniform blue-grey upper body. The sei whale can also be differentiated from Bryde's whale Balaenoptera edeni by having only a single prominent ridge on the rostrum.
Sei whales usually congregate in small groups of up to 5 individuals, although in feeding areas up to 30 have been seen together. It seldom breeches, and when diving, it does not show the tail flukes. It can remain submerged for up to 20 minutes (Kinze, 2002).
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