minke whales feed primarily on small shoal fish (herring, cod, pollack, and capelin).
Bryde's whales, like minke whales, reportedly often approach close to vessels as if curious about them.
minke whales are distributed in the polar, temperate, and tropical waters of the western North Atlantic.
Like Bryde's whales, minke whales often approach close to vessels.
But minke whales have an acutely pointed snout, a single head ridge, and a white band on each flipper.
Further, minke whales rarely reach 30 feet (9.1 m) in maximum length.
minke whales are black to dark gray on the back and white on the belly and on the underside of the flippers.
minke whales may also approach very close to shore and often enter bays, inlets, and estuaries.
minke whales arrive along the Canadian coast in May or June.
minke whales also summer off the south coast of western Greenland, which they probably reach from waters southwest of Iceland.
type of small whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), 1939, supposedly from the Norwegian surname Meincke.
The name minke is said to have derived from one of Svend Foyn's crew by the name of Meincke, who mistook a school of these whales for blue whales. Whalers all over the world considered this incident so amusing that they used his name as a household word to describe this species. [J.N. Tønnessen & A.O. Johnsen, "The History of Modern Whaling" (transl. R.I. Christophersen), 1982]Also known in English as the lesser rorqual and little piked whale.