Minke Whale

Minke whale. Photo: WDC
Minke whale. Photo: WDC


  • Scientific Name: Balaenoptera acutorostrata
  • Length: 23 – 33 feet
  • Weight: 5 – 10 tons
  • Population seen in the Northeast*: over 3,000
  • Status: Protected
  • Description:  Small, dark whale with a falcate dorsal fin and pointed snout. White flipper patch on pectoral flipper. Spout may not be visible. Arches back and tail stock when diving. Generally elusive.

* Canadian East Coast Population

Minke - ReginaMinke 1- WDCS

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