Minke Whale Skull Replica


The Minke Whale, one of the smaller baleen whales, only reaches a length of 35′ . Ranging throughout the cooler waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic oceans, they feed on krill and small schooling fish.


Minke Whale Skull Replica measures 56 inches. Minke Whale Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Cast of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull. Whale skull requires wood crate, please call 509-951-3557 for shipping quote.

The Minke Whale or Balaenoptera acutorostra is the widest Baleen whale of all oceans and adjoining seas.

They have a lot of names and they are Common Minkie Whale, Lesser Finback, Lesser Rorqual, Little Finner, Northern Minike Whale, Pike Whale, Sharp Headed Finner.

The Minke Whale is a black, gray and purple color. Common Minke Whales (Northern Hemisphere variety) are distinguished from other whales by a white band on each flipper.

The body is usually black or dark-gray above and white underneath. Minke Whales or Balaenoptera acutorostra have between 240 and 360 baleen plates on each side of their mouths. Most of the length of the back, including dorsal fin and blowholes, appears at once when the whale surfaces to breathe.

The Minke Whale or Balaenoptera acutorostra breathes three to five times at short intervals before deep-diving for two to 20 minutes. Deep dives are preceded by a pronounced arching of the back. The maximum swimming speed of Minke Whales has been estimated at 24 mph.

Minke Whale or Balaenoptera acutorostra in the North Atlantic are observed to take a variety of food items. Before 1993, Minke Whales in the North Barents Sea fed predominantly on capelin until stocks collapsed and the whales switched to krill as their primary prey type.

The Minke Whale or Balaenoptera acutorostra population in the Norwegian Sea primarily feeds on adult herring while krill, capelin, and sand eels are also recorded prey.

In Scotland, sand eels are the most commonly observed prey species, followed by herring and sprat. Seasonal variations are observed off of Finnmark, with krill the most popular prey type in the summer and cod in the autumn.

Antarctic Minke Whale or Balaenoptera acutorostra mainly feeds on Antarctic krill in offshore areas and ice krill in coastal areas on the continental shelf such as the Ross sea and Prydz bay.

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Additional information

Weight 45 lbs
Dimensions 56 × 29 × 16 in
Minke Whale Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Balaenopteridae
Genus: Balaenoptera
Species complex: minke whale species complex
Species: Balaenoptera acutorostrata
Conservation status: Least concern