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2010-07-28 22:51:43
Thanks, Whale facts, you're absolutely right about this being a dwarf minke whale. The picture took part in National Geographic's 2009 International Photography Contest.
2010-07-28 22:44:36
Interesting how Santos, who appears to have posted this pic first, only got 13 votes for the pic (after I just added my vote) when White Eagle's pic currently has 62 votes. Does the viewers' interest really vary that much? 54430 pics have been posted between this pic and that of Santos.
2010-07-28 16:07:59
Sorry Poppy, your information is not quite correct. Steffen Binke has several photos of this same whale on his photo site, and he does identify the whale as a "Dwarf Minke Whale" on at least one of them'. Minke Whales and Blue Whales are both "baleen" whales that look very much alike except for size and it would be hard to distinguish the two from a photograph with nothing to show scale. Swimming with Minke whales is a common activity in the Australian Barrier Reef, where this photo was taken. Blue whales are not even known to occur in the Barrier Reef area and nobody has ever been known to swim with them. Currently Dwarf Minke Whales are not a recognized distinct species, however those occurring in the Barrier Reef Area are informally known by this name and are currently being studied as such. Eventually is very likely that they will be described either as a distinct species or as a subspecies of B. acutorastrata.
2010-07-28 15:57:46
Please see my comments under the repost photo:
2010-07-28 12:41:02
Nowhere on Steffen (not Stegfen) Binkes's photo site does it say that this is a Dwarf Minke Whale. See where the refs are: Great Barrier Reef, Australia. As FBO says, looks like a Blue Whale to me...