Northern Minke Whale - Balaenoptera acutorostrata
A mid-sized whale, black on the back and pink, white belly, with curved dorsal fin. Migratory whale spending summer in the arctic and winter in the tropics.
- Northern Minke Whale (en)
- Ballena de minke común, Ballena enana (es)
- Petit Rorqual, Baleine de Minke (fr)
- Zwergwal (de)
How to Identify
Black or dark grey back, white, pink belly, and white stripe across the flippers are distinctive characteristics.
Where & When to Spot
My first Minke Whale observation happened in Tadoussac in late May. Minke whales stay in St. Lawrence Winter all summer. During a two week stay in Portneuf-sur-Mer in the second half of August, I had many observations.