Northern Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)

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 back, white, pink belly, and white stripe across the flippers are distinctive characteristics.

Where and When to Spot

I saw them only once in Tadoussac in late May, probably during their migration from South to Arctic.

Common Names

Zwergwal [de]
Northern Minke Whale [en]
Ballena de minke común, Ballena enana [es]
Petit Rorqual, Baleine de Minke [fr]


Balaenoptera acutorostrata

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