The Minke whale is the most common whale around Iceland, it’s our favorite and the one we see most often on our whale watching tours. Though smaller than other great whales it is still amazingly big at 7 – 9 meters. Because of its smaller size it prefers shallow water and thus lives close to shore, such as here in our Faxafloi bay. Faxafloi bay is a main feeding ground for the Minke whale. Therefore the chances to spot whales here are very high and that makes our whale watching tours especially successful.
Minke whales, particularly the young ones and the ones which live around Iceland, can be very curious, more curious than other great whales usually are. They tend to come very close and they like to spy hop, thats when they bring their head entirely out of the water to watch the boat. Most often we find them while they are feeding. Then we usually see their dark grey back and the dorsal fin breaking the surface. When there is a lot to feed on, the minke whale basks on the water surface, showing its belly and opening its mouth wide so you can see its baleen plates.
Length: 7-11 metres
Weight: 8-10 tons
Life expectancy: 50 years
Status: uncertain world wide, currently being hunted.
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