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Balaenoptera acutorostrata   Lacépède, 1804

northern minke whale
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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Mammalia | Cetacea | Balaenopteridae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Jefferson, T.A., S. Leatherwood and M.A. Webber. 1993. (Ref. 1394)

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 1,070 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); 1070 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 14.0 t (Ref. 1394)

Environment

Pelagic; brackish; depth range 20 - 150 m (Ref. 83488)

Climate / Range

Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Circumglobal: Balaenoptera acutorostrata acutorostrata: North Atlantic; Balaenoptera acutorostrata scammoni: North Pacific (Ref. 1522).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Distributed from the tropics to the ice edges in both hemispheres. They can be seen offshore, and more often in coastal and inshore areas. They are rarely seen in some tropical pelagic areas. Minimum depth from the Pacific (Ref. 83490) and maximum depth based from their food in the Atlantic (Ref. 83488). Feeds on krill and small schooling fishes (Ref. 1394). Oceanodromous (Ref. 75906). Distributed from the tropics to the ice edges in both hemispheres. They can be seen offshore, and more often in coastal and inshore areas. They are rarely seen in some tropical pelagic areas. Feeds on krill and small schooling fishes (Ref. 1394). Oceanodromous (Ref. 75906). Also in Ref. 75805 (Ref. 75906).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)

CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
FAO(fisheries: production) | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

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Mass conversion

Internet sources

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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
High vulnerability (63 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown