The common Minke whale (lat. balaenoptera acutorostrata) is with the length of 7 to 10 meters the smallest baleen whale. Its Latin name derives from his characteristically pointed snout.
Length: 7-10 meters
Weight: 5-10 tons
Diet: Plankton, small school fish
Group size: one individual, from time to time building of pairs for a distinct time
As all baleen whales they have two blowholes (tooth whales as the Orca or Sperm whale have only one blowhole); its blow is rather unremarkable. Thin water drops remaining in the small gouge of the blowholes make the blow visible. These water drops get spread through the blowing out.
Due to its high frequency the Minke is the only baleen whale that is still legally hunted. Yet his frequency is also the reason why there is no big research area. One day this population will be depleted, then we will profit by existing research results.