The Minke Whale is the most abundant species of baleen whale, with an estimated 750,000 individuals in the oceans.
Living up to 60 years old, they can grow up to 8 meters in length and weigh several ton’s. Minke Whales have white and grey markings on their sides which makes it possible to identify different individuals from one another. They will only mother one calf each year, even the calves are two meters long!
In places like the Great Barrier Reef you can encounter these magnificent whales as they migrate through this area during June – July each year. Its not unusual to hear them on dives as they communicate to one another but with some luck you may even have an encounter with one of these beautiful creatures, it will stay with you forever, always keep an eye in the blue; especially on safety stops.
The main threats to Minke Whales are collisions with boats and entanglement in fishing gear.
Why not take a look at our ‘Dive & Stay’ and ‘Liveaboard’ adventures where you can encounter this animal by clicking on the tabs on the left.