Scientific name: Balaenoptera acutorostrata
The UK's smallest whale, the minke whale, is notoriously inquisitive around boats and is even known to breach clear of the water. Beware though - their fragrant breath has given them the nickname Stinky Minkes!
StatisticsLength: 7-9m Weight: 5-10 tons Lifespan: 40-50 years
Considered of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of species and a Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework.