minke whale

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Related to Dwarf Minke Whale: Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Common Minke Whale

min·ke whale

Either of two small, dark gray baleen whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, which is found worldwide and has a white band on the flippers, or B. bonaerensis, which inhabits Antarctic waters.

[Partial translation of Norwegian minkehval : minke (perhaps after Meincke, member of a 19th-century Norwegian whaling crew) + hval, whale.]

minke whale

(ˈmɪŋkə) or


(Animals) a type of small whalebone whale or rorqual, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, up to 10 metres long
[C20: probably from Norwegian minkehval, from minke lesser + hval whale]
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Noun1.minke whale - small finback of coastal waters of Atlantic and Pacificminke whale - small finback of coastal waters of Atlantic and Pacific
rorqual, razorback - any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin
Balaenoptera, genus Balaenoptera - type genus of the Balaenopteridae
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A note of the first record of the Dwarf minke whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata in Chilean waters.
One already decomposed dwarf minke whale, code5 according to Geraci and Lounsbury (1993), has been identified at Ciumal Beach, on Caju Island, Parnaiba Delta.
Humpback whales, dwarf minke whales, false killer whales, killer whales, short-finned pilot whales, sperm whales and beaked whales are becoming more popular as research topics and entertainments for commercial whale watching.