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Minke Whales

The Minke whale has a slender streamlined body with a pointed head, and it's blow has been described as inconspicuous. Colours of Minke whales are bluish grey on top and white underneath. Small compared to other whales, Minke's are 25 to 30 feet long. They sometimes have pale trapezoidal stripes behind the flippers on the top, and always have a characteristic white band on each flipper. They live in all the oceans of the world. Marine biologists report that the Minkes which migrate to the Antarctic feed on krill, but those that migrate to the Arctic waters feed mainly on small fish.

"Minkes are the smallest baleen (non-toothed) whale in North American waters. They grow from 15-35 feet and weigh up to 10 tons. They often approach whale watch vessels and seem to enjoy leaping clear of the water’s surface."

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