Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Minke Whales

As the whale watch season approaches, it is time to reacquaint ourselves with whales that are commonly sighted in the Bay of Fundy. Typically, we see minke whales arrive in the Bay of Fundy first. I am hearing reports from various sources that this species has already made some appearances to the lobster fishermen.
Minke whales are the smallest species of baleen whales that are seen in the Bay of Fundy. They can reach lengths of 10 metres and weigh as much as 10 tonnes. Being a baleen whale, they tend to travel alone. These whales are unique in their physical appearance as they have pointed snouts and white bands or "mittens" on their pectoral flippers.
They are known to be curious of boats and and will approach whale watching boats on occasion. This is when we wonder who is watching whom?

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