Balaenoptera bonaerensis (Antarctic minke whale)

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Balaenoptera bonaerensis (Antarctic minke whale)

Antarctic minke whale. [Illustration Noel Ashton ]

Minke’s are medium sized baleen whales of about 8 metres in length and weighing in between 5 800 and 7 200 kilograms. It has a small dorsal fin situated towards the tail, throat grooves and is bluish grey in colour, again, with the colour becoming lighter towards the underside. They have an indistinct, fuzzy blow.

Text by Derek Ohland

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