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Minke whale

Observed: 30th December 2011 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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minke whale
Description:

unfortunate Minke Whale stranded at Epple Bay over christmas

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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Gill Sinclair's picture

Small rorqual

25 feet is into adult size range for a minke. Was this IDd by an expert that attended the stranding (or are you the expert, before I offend anyone?!). Normally (not always) you can see a white 'armband' on the pectoral fin in British minkes, although with the fin flat against the body like this it's hard to see and in fact the fin looks all-white. No asymmetric coloration on the undeside of the head, so not a fin whale, but could be a juvenile sei whale.

Gill Sinclair
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Minke whale ID

Hi Gill,

Was confirmed by expert at autopsy from Natural History Museum group (I think?)as Minke Whale (I'm not offended at all as I'm not a whale expert).

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Related BBC news story

This article on BBC website today on what happens to stranded whales http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17285112

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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Happy to agree

Happy to agree with ID then! I'm not sure, but I think you report them to NHM then it's Zoological Society of London that does the post mortems.

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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happy to bow down to your greater experience

thanks for your input on this. I will definitely be in touch for future IDs, etc.
Great to know that sites like this exist so that we can confirm/discuss IDs - hadn't even thought of Sei whale went straight for Minke probably lucky. Will look for more definitive features of ID in future.

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I don't know how I missed

I don't know how I missed this one last year Graham. Its always disappointing to see the like of this, but to find a positive its a rare chance to for those who get to see it to appreciate its structure in the flesh, probably a fascinating experience.

Cathal.

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I'd rather see them in the

I'd rather see them in the water, although minke generally show very little and you rarely see much from a small boat. I did once sea a whole fin whale from the top of the Portmouth Bilboa ferry whicxh was amazing and all of o feeding Bydes Whale in very clear water in the Sea of Cortez