Common Minke Whale

Minke whale

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyBalaenopteridae
GenusBalaenoptera
Binomial nameBalaenoptera acutorostrata
Balaenoptera bonaerensis

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The minke whale grows between 21-30 ft (6.5-9m) and weighs between 5.5-10 tons.

The diet of a minke whale consists mainly of krill and other crustaceans, and small fish in schools.

They have a single calf after a gestation period of 10-11 months.

They are the smallest and most abundant of the rorqual whales. They are slim, with a pointed head, and rarely shows much of itself through the water.

There are three subspecies of the minke whale; North Atlantic, North Pacific and dwarf minke whale.