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[ming-kee] /ˈmɪŋ ki/
a dark-colored baleen whale, Baleanoptera acutorostrata, inhabiting temperate and polar seas and growing to a length of 33 feet (10 meters): reduced in numbers.
Also called minke whale, lesser rorqual.
1930-35; < Norwegian minkehval, allegedly after a crew member of the Norwegian whaling pioneer Svend Foyn (1809-94), named Meincke, who mistook a pod of minkes for blue whales Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Animals that eat zooplankton, such as herring and minke whales, would increase in number.
  • Finback and minke whales appear first, followed by humpback whales in midsummer.
  • The small, wedge-shaped minke whales are relatively plentiful.
  • Engines idled, cameras snapped and the lone minke whale dove deep and disappeared.
  • By day's end, six minke and seven humpbacks had been sighted with successful biopsies obtained from one minke and three humpbacks.

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