Minke Whale Breaching

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    Shifter and M&C both suggested Minke Whale for the species of this large mammal. According to wikipedia this whale is around 7m in length, and at least 4000kg. They remain fairly numerous because they are smaller than some of the more sought after whales, and thus avoided being hunted until the populations of the bigger whales had crashed.

    The splashes they made were very impressive, but I won't post a picture of a splash. :)

    This was the first time I'd ever seen a whale (I'm not counting in captivity or dolphins). I was very happy about our luck of seeing this. There were a number of them, and they were just having a blast jumping all over.

    makemine2, raemin, arch2452, and 14 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Shannon Martinson 82 months ago | reply

      Martin - this turned out so well. Good job! I was glad
      Mike got to see it.

    2. Martin Cathrae 82 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone, I was very happy, definitely the highlight of the fishing.

      freelantz, I'm hearing more and more how rare a sighting this was, I count myself very lucky!

      km&dm, we caught mostly cod, which is a bit strange to me, though I reconcile it by the fact that we aren't the problem, it's the commercial fishing of them that has caused all the issues.

      Orpheus, thanks! hey, are we having a FishBQ tonight?

    3. Bradtholomew 82 months ago | reply

      Mmm... fishBQ. Nice whale shot! I've seen lots of whales but never one jumping like that. Were they hunting for seagulls or something?

    4. Shifter of the shape I'm in 82 months ago | reply

      This rocks, Sucka! Nice capture! Am I to assume this was the best of the bunch? I'm so jealous too. I need more telephoto capability, damnit!
      I am very glad I was present for this special moment as well - very lucky!

    5. AllieCath 82 months ago | reply

      So jealous! All I've seen are porpoises in BC, which was amazing...I can't imagine actually seeing a huge creature like this, in the wild, with my own eyes. So jealous!

    6. Mabel&Charlotte 82 months ago | reply

      Yes we still agree, its a Minke!

    7. sappyroo 82 months ago | reply

      Hey Bradtholomew:
      a good theory the seagull diet of course
      how else could they have such bright lively skin and breaching power

    8. :) Ali 82 months ago | reply

      Wonderful picture! Wow!

    9. Martin Cathrae 82 months ago | reply

      Bradtholomew, I believe you are correct, this is how whales feed. ;)

      Thanks everyone!

    10. karen in toronto 82 months ago | reply

      Incredible picture ! I'm glad to see the whales actually breach out in PEI !! makes me want to vist now !

    11. Martin Cathrae 82 months ago | reply

      it's a great place to visit, but from what I hear from people, I wouldn't count on seeing this, we were incredibly lucky. However, there are lots of great other reasons to visit here! :)

    12. karen in toronto 82 months ago | reply

      Yeah, I envy everyone who has seen a whale breach or who get to see whales on a daily basis !

      Anyhow, I do need to visit PEI sometime as PEI and Newfoundland are the only provinces I haven't been to yet.

    13. jammerzz1 82 months ago | reply

      Awesome. very happy I was there to see it.

    14. ~johnny~ 81 months ago | reply

      I've seen a number of Minke's in the Gulf of St. Laurence and off the west coast of Nfld. Where was this shot taken?

    15. Martin Cathrae 81 months ago | reply

      hey ~johnny~ it was just of the north shore of PEI, click on the " Taken in North Rustico, Prince Edward Island (map)" part to see on a map. :)

    16. yeimaya 78 months ago | reply

      1986 FISSURE 14: 1st ENCOUNTER 8/31 4 of 6Voices:Honoring Minkes, Finbacks and Humpbacks

      The whale hunt began today 11/18/07 would you add this image to keep them in our minds Voices Honoring Hunted whales

      Found in a search. (?)

    17. bud_marschner 78 months ago | reply

      Nice shot, I didn't know minkes breached!

    18. jakelevenson 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Whale Watching, and we'd love to have this added to the group! Awesome shot!

    19. Chiara09 65 months ago | reply

      I am always wordless when I see them jumping.. so elegant, with their pointed beaks and the flippers close to their side bodies.. a very good shot.. it made me dream...

    20. Chiara09 64 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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