What is a minke whale?


Minke Whale

Minke whale or lesser rorqual, is a name given to two species of marine mammal belonging to a clade within the suborder of baleen whales.
The minke whale was given its official designation by Lacepède in 1804, who described a juvenile specimen of Balænoptera acuto-rostrata. The name is a partial translation of Norwegian minkehval, possibly after a Norwegian whaler named Meincke, who mistook a northern minke whale for a blue whale.

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