Northern Minke Whale (Balaenoptera Acutorostrata)

Latin name: Balaenoptera acutorostrata
Common name: Northern minke whale
Also known as: Northern hemisphere minke whale
In other languages: D: Nirdlicher Zwergwal
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Family: Balaenopteridae
Genus: Balaenoptera

Distribution: North Atlantic, North Pacific; a migrating mammal, travelling to warmer regions in winter, colder waters in summer.

Habitat: At the surface, frequently seen in coastal and shelf waters.

Life Span: An estimated 50 years.

Reproduction: Gestation period is 10 to 11 months.

Size: 9.7 m, females are marginally longer than males.

Colour: Black or darkish grey from above with white line across flippers.

Protected under EU law and Gibraltar's Nature Protection Ordinance