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ne2. Dwarf Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), underwater. Australia, Pacific Ocean.
dwarf minke whale underwater stock agency photos 
ne23. Minke Whale hires marine picture for sale
pictures of dwarf minke whales Balaenoptera acutorostrata from Australia
ne14. Dwarf Minke Whale shots for advertising and editorial use
vertical high resolution photo of tail flukes of minke whale
ne17. Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) subsea pictures of this curious marine mammal
the dwarf minke whale is one of the smaller baleen whales now being hunted

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Minke Whale
scientific name Balaenoptera acutorostrata
range world-wide, tropical to polar seas
Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Iceland
habitat open ocean, coastal
size to 33 feet (10m), 10 tons
diet krill
trivia most abundant of the rorqual whales; 230-360 baleen plates on each side of its jaw; 3 geographically isolated stocks (N. Pacific, N. Atlantic, and southern hemisphere)
Annual visitors to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Dwarf Minke Whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata subspecies, are among the smallest of the world’s baleen whales. Averaging 20 feet in length and five tons, they have a streamlined profile, sharply pointed snout, and are marked by a characteristic white patch on the pectoral flipper that often extends onto the shoulder.
     Seemingly quite curious, these cetaceans are regularly reported making close approaches to lucky swimmers and boats in the northern reaches of the GBR during the winter months of June through August. With such close encounters attracting the attention of whale watchers, divers, and researchers around the globe, Australia has developed a "swim-with-whales" program, closely monitored and regulated to insure people and boats do not negatively impact the whales.
     Meanwhile, the dwarf’s larger minke cousins in Antarctic and North Atlantic waters are currently the focus of a renewed slaughter by Japan and Norway. In open opposition to the global moratorium passed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) 20 years ago, these two countries have been steadily escalating their commercial hunts, the Japanese under the guise of much needed "scientific research" and as part of a "management program to maintain ecological balance." Though most of the world recognizes this lame propaganda for what it really is- a license to kill, simple profit through exploitation- hundreds of whales are "culled" each year, their meat ending up in the market for those with discriminating palettes.


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