Minke Whales Facts!

A minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) by NOAA PD Image

Minke Whales Facts!

A minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) by NOAA PD Image

The minke Whale is the second smallest species of baleen whales, growing to a length of roughly 25-30 feet. They are also the most abundant species of baleen whales.

The top part of its body is a very dark color (usually black or dark-grey) and there is a white band on each off its flippers. It is a stocky whale because of its layer of blubber which is several inches thick.

Minke Whale Breaching. Image credit: Martin Cathrae CC BY-SA 2.0

Like all baleen whales, the minke whale also has two blowholes. The spout of the minke is very low because it starts to exhale before reaching the surface.

The diet of the minke is similar to that of the blue whale. It consists of mostly krill and small fish. The baby whales feed on their mother’s milk.

Minke Whales are featured in the following books:
25 Whales, Dolphins and other Sea Mammals
Whales! An Early Reader Book

The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Minke Whales. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. Minke whales, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef by CairnsGBR
  2. Swimming with Dwarf minke whales on board Eye to Eye Marine Encounters (Sunday Night Program) by wildlifeencounters1
  3. Minke Whale | Diving & Snorkelling! by abyss6366
  4. Arctic Encounter: Orcas Attack a Minke Whale by Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic


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