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Minke Whale - Vågehval - Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Minke whales can often be seen offshore in the Norwegian Sector and in Øygarden. For more pictures of mammals (including whales) in Øygarden see this page.

Contrary to my expectations this species does not seem to be disturbed by offshore vessel. On several occasions in September 2015 small numbers appeared to make a bee-line for the vessel I was working on. They swam around it as if to investigate before doing the same thing to a nearby vessel after which they headed on their way. Interestingly Pilot Whales did exactly the same thing!

Whales are invariably a source of great interest and excitement among crews of survey vessels.

Minke Whale, Aasta Hansteen, September 2015
 Minke Whale at Aasta Hansteen in the northern Norwegian Sector, September 2015

Minke Whale, Skogsøy, Øygarden
Minke Whale, Skogsøy, Øygarden

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