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Northern Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Northern Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Mammalia > Artiodactyla > Cetacea > Balaenopteridae

A mid-sized whale, black on the back and pink, white belly, with curved dorsal fin. Migratory whale spending summer in the arctic and winter in the tropics.

Black or dark grey back, white, pink belly, and white stripe across the flippers are distinctive characteristics.

My first Minke Whale observation happened in Tadoussac in late May. Minke whales stay in St. Lawrence Winter all summer. During a two week stay in Portneuf-sur-Mer in the second half of August, I had many observations.

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Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park2021-08-23
Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park2021-08-18
Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park2018-05-23