Minke Whale

Great Barrier Island

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Ecology Category: Fauna and Marine Mammals

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  • The minke whales are the second smallest baleen whale; only the pygmy right whale is smaller.

    Upon reaching sexual maturity (6–8 years of age), males measure an average of 6.9 m (23 ft) and females 8 m (26 ft) in length, respectively. Reported maximum lengths vary from 9.1 to 10.7 m (30 to 35 ft) for females and 8.8 to 9.8 m (29 to 32 ft) for males. Both sexes typically weigh 4–5 t (3.9–4.9 long tons; 4.4–5.5 short tons) at sexual maturity, and the maximum weight may be as much as 10 t (9.8 long tons; 11 short tons).

    Source: Wikipedia
    Image: Rui Prieto [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

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