Minke Whale

What is it: 

The minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) is the smallest of the baleen whales found in UK waters, measuring 7 to 10 metres when fully grown. The minke whale is the commonest of the baleen whales around Scotland, and the one you are most likely to see from headlands and ferries.

There are two groups of layers included:

  1. Statistical approaches to aid identification of Marine Protected Areas for Minke whale. Based on SNH Commissioned Report No. 594, these include:
    • Observed adjusted densities of Minke whale; and
    • Modelled persistence of above mean density of Minke whale (summers 2001-2012).
  2. Minke whale effort related sightings displays
    • Annual Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust Effort Related Sightings Data (2003-2011)
    • Annual and Monthly distribution and relative abundance (1979-1997)
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Links and Resources

Map Type Click title for metadata and licence informationsort descending Date of data View Map
NMPi Annual distribution and relative abundance of Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (1979 - 1997) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS) Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Annual Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust Effort Related Sightings data for Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (2003 - 2011) (SNH WMS) (Priority Marine Feature) (restricted zoom) Access this map on NMPi
NMPi August - Monthly distribution and relative abundance of Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (1979 -1997) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS) 1979-01-01 to 1997-12-31 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi July - Monthly distribution and relative abundance of Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (1979 -1997) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS) 1979-01-01 to 1997-12-31 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi June - Monthly distribution and relative abundance of Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (1979 -1997) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS) 1979-01-01 to 1997-12-31 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi May - Monthly distribution and relative abundance of Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (1979 -1997) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS) 1979-01-01 to 1997-12-31 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Modelled persistence of above mean density of Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (summers 2001-2012) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS) 2001-01-01 to 2012-12-31 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi November to April - Monthly distribution and relative abundance of Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (1979 -1997) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS) 1979-01-01 to 1997-12-31 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Observed adjusted densities of Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (all seasons 2000-2012) (mapped as graduated symbols) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS) 2000-01-01 to 2012-12-31 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Observed adjusted densities of Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (all seasons 2000-2012) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS) 2000-01-01 to 2012-12-31 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi October - Monthly distribution and relative abundance of Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (1979 -1997) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS) 1979-01-01 to 1997-12-31 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi September - Monthly distribution and relative abundance of Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (1979 -1997) (Priority Marine Feature) (SNH WMS) 1979-01-01 to 1997-12-31 Access this map on NMPi