Minke Whale In the Scottish Borders

Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)

Minke whales can be seen off the Scottish Borders coastline between July and September. They grow to an average length of 28 feet and can weigh as much as 11 tons.

Minke whale are dark grey or black on their backs, white on their bottom half, have large white patches on their flippers and a distinctive sickle shaped fin.

They feed mainly in shallower water by inlets and bays on smaller fish like sand eels, herring, sprat, haddock, whiting and small cod, as well as krill and plankton.

They catch fish by opening their huge mouth and scooping up shoals. When they close their mouth the seawater is squeezed out through the baleen (like bristles), while the fish are swallowed.