It is the most numerous of all the baleen whale species present in Norwegian waters, but it is also found in oceans all around the globe and is widely distributed in both the northern and southern seas. Also, unlike other whales, minke whales are not a particularly vocal species.
Considered too small to be worth hunting, most whalers overlooked minke whales throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and they only became the focus of intensive whaling efforts when most other species became severely depleted.
Today, however, they are one of the few species of whale to be still hunted in significant numbers in countries like Norway and Japan, under legal permits and quota systems.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No