Drece's picture

Whale in the north sea

Observed: 3rd June 2011 By: DreceDrece’s reputation in MammalsDrece’s reputation in Mammals
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Description:

We saw this on a trip to Norway last week, seen first in the distance then they came in and played around the yacht for about 45 minutes, going under and around us, and surfacing regularly.
It appears to large for a dolphin probably around 4+ meters,plus I have never seen a dolphin with such a pointed snout.
There were (we think) two of them but we only saw them one at a time, however there did seem to be one a fair bit bigger then the other.
When it swam along side it would turn onto its side so we could see it had a white underside along with the white band on each flipper (which Minke usually have).
Based on the bands on its flippers, and small size I would say it was a Minke, however it does appear to be slightly sleeker than a Minke, which (I think) are more bulky.
Also although you could hear it blow, there was nothing to sea in terms of a plume or anything.

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Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Minke whale

Fantastic photos.

You are right in your description, the pale patches on the fins are the distinctive feature. Also minkes have little or no spray with their blow.

Could you please re-enter the identification and add the scientific name - Balaenoptera acutorostrata.

Graham Banwell

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Drece's picture

Thanks

I thought it probably was, good to have it confirmed. It was very lucky really, tried to upload the video but it wouldn't let me so had to take some snaps from the video. Cheers again.

bobthebirder's picture

video

You could always upload it to youtube and add a link here in a comment. I'd love to see it.

Bob Ford

the naturalist man's picture

Video

I agree with Bob, if you can please upload to YouTube or some other video storage site. At the moment iSpot can only handle photos, but one day . . .

Graham Banwell

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Gill Sinclair's picture

Video

Agreed - would love to see the video. Minkes are relatively shy so you were lucky to have them choose to stay around the boat for so long.

Gill Sinclair
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Drece's picture

Video

I'm just off on another trip but will upload a couple of sections o video and post link when I'm back.