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Northern Minke Whale - Balaenoptera acutorostrata

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.

Common Names

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.

Northern Minke Whale

Northern Minke Whale

Minke Whale individuals are identified by marks on dorsal fin.

- August 23, 2021

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f/11; Iso 560;
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Northern Minke Whale

Northern Minke Whale

Northern Minke Whale

- May 23, 2018

NIKON D500; 300.0 mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f/8; Iso 200;
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