Minke whales fall into two different species, the Northern and Southern or Antarctic variety. They are relatively abundant and can be found in all oceans and seas across the world. Minke whales are the smallest of the baleen whales. To feed, the minke takes in huge mouthfuls of water then uses its mouth to catch small fish and plankton in its bristly baleen.
They are normally difficult to approach but some are curious and will come close to boats for a better look. They are not as acrobatic as orcas but they will breach, usually three times in a row. To spot a minke whale look for a low, bushy blow at the water line as well as watching for the broad black back and small dorsal fin.