Max. Length: 10.7m (Typically 6.9 – 8.5m)

The smallest of the “great whales” with a diagnostic white band on the pectoral fins, a sharply pointed “snout” to the rostrum and a curved, dolphin-like, dorsal fin. The upper body is mid to dark grey, with pale chevrons visible in good light, located in the front third of the body and white lower flanks and belly. Minkes do sometimes breach but generally surface with an arched roll after the sharply pointed rostrum breaks the surface and the blow is low and usually barely visible.

Key Areas: Widespread but the Hebrides (Scotland) and Yorkshire (England) are hotspots from late spring to early autumn.