Mammals, Wildlife

Northern Minke Whale

The Northern or Common Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), has two recognized subspecies, occurring as two separate populations that do not mix, namely the North Atlantic minke whale (B. acutorostrata acutorostrata) and the North Pacific or Scommon’s minke whale (B. acutorostrata scammoni). Minkes are also found in some areas of the Mediterranean sea and the Indian ocean. Some taxonomists regard the population in Sri Lankan waters to be a separate subspecies (B. acutorostrata thalmha Jefferson et al. 2008) but very little data is present about this population. There is also a dwarf form of the Common Minke whale which hasn’t been assigned a scientific name yet although they too are regarded a subspecies of Balaenoptera acutorostrata, and a possible NEW SPECIES of Minke whale by some. Continue reading “Northern Minke Whale”