What is the minke’s status?
While not endangered, the minke whales are on protected status. But, some oceanographers believe that their population has been depleted due to modern hunting and whaling practices.
How do they live?
Minke whales move around in small groups of two or three, but pods of up to 400 have been seen together nearer to the poles. They feed on plankton, crustaceans, and small schooling fish like herring, mackerel, anchovies, and wolfish.
Known for their vocalizations as grunts, clicks, ratchets, thumps, pulse trains, and more recently discovered boings, sounds differ by sub-species and geographic location.
When they surface, they do not have a large spray, but offer a blow that is about six to ten feet in the air. Their quick, fluid movement often creates a rooster-tail-like spray when diving in and out at high speeds.
You can read more about the minke whales at the NOAA website here. To whale watch off Laguna Beach, check out these resources.
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