Northern Minke Whale
Minke whales have a dark grey dorsal fin, a white belly, and white band on each flipper.
They usually dive for 10 minutes to acquire food, rarely fluking since they don’t normally dive deep.
They are found in non-polar oceans above the equator.
Transient killer whale populations.
They breed during late winter in warm waters before migrating.
Social system/Group size
Travel as an individual, or groups of less than 5.
Whaling (Norway, Iceland, Japan, and Greenland) and entanglement in nets.
Northeast Pacific Minke Whale Project uses photo identification in an attempt to learn more about their potentially different ecological community to other baleen whales due to their distribution and size.
Minke whales are the smallest of the baleen whales.