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Northern Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Northern Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Mammalia > Artiodactyla > Cetacea > Balaenopteridae

Names in different Languages

EnglishNorthern Minke Whale
FrenchPetit Rorqual, Baleine de Minke
SpanishBallena de minke común, Ballena enana


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.

How to Identify

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

Where When to Spot

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.



2021-08-23Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park
2021-08-22Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park
2021-08-18Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park
2018-05-23Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park

Last updated on 2023-05-09. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.