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Antarctic Minke Whale Video Stock Footage

The Antarctic minke is among the smallest of the baleen whales, with only the common minke and the pygmy right whale being smaller. The longest caught off Brazil were an 11.9 metres (39.0 feet) female taken in 1969 and an 11.27 metres (37.0 feet) male taken in 1975, the former four feet longer than the second longest females and the latter five feet longer than the second longest males. Off South Africa, the longest measured were a 10.66 metres (35.0 feet) female and a 9.75 metres (32.0 feet) male. The heaviest caught in the Antarctic were a 9 metres (29.5 feet) female that weighed 10.4 metric tons (11.5 short tons) and an 8.4 metres (27.6 feet) male that weighed 8.8 metric tons (9.7 short tons). At physical maturity, females average 8.9 metres (29.2 feet) and males 8.6 metres (28.2 feet). At sexual maturity, females average 7.59 metres (24.9 feet) and males 8.11 metres (26.6 feet). Calves are estimated to be 2.74 metres (9 feet) at birth. Learn more about Antarctic Minke Whale


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Animalia: Chordata: Cetacea: Mammalia: Balaenopteridae: Balaenoptera bonaerensis

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