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