Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
7-10 meters, 10 tonnes
Minke whales are among the smallest of the baleen whales. They use their baleen plates to filter krill, fishes (like herring or capelin) and some cephalopods. Minke whales are usually seen either alone or in small groups, although large aggregations sometimes occur in feeding areas. Mating is presumed to occur in winter. The females can give birth every year. Calving is thought to occur in winter after a gestation of approximately 10 months. Acoustical data suggests that calving grounds may be in tropical waters. Norwegian whalers are allowed to hunt a certain quota of them every ear.