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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

  • Northern Minke Whale (en)
  • Ballena de minke común, Ballena enana (es)
  • Petit Rorqual, Baleine de Minke (fr)
  • Zwergwal (de)

Taxonomy

  • Artiodactyla
  • Cetacea
  • Balaenopteridae
  • Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Videos Behavioral Traits

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.

How to Identify

Black or dark grey back, white, pink belly, and white stripe across the flippers are distinctive characteristics.

Photos

Northern Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)

Northern Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)

Minke Whale individuals are identified by marks on dorsal fin.

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - 2021-08-23

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

Northern Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)

Northern Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)

First time spotting a Northern Minke Whale

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - 2018-05-23

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f/8; Iso 200;

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