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Wildlife encounters:
Minke Whale

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Minke Whale

Click here to view a Video of a Minke Whale visiting Corryvreckan

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Minke Whales are probably the largest creatures we see reasonably often in an avearge season. You have to be looking to have any chance of seing them as generally they are travelling quite fast and come to the surface to breathe about 4 times an hour.

A typical sighting will involve three "rolls," the first two will involve a long slow and shallow roll of the whale's back with a small triangular fin quite a long way down the back. The third roll is generally a much seeper affair with the whale clearly lifting out of the water and diving at a much steeper angle.

When you see the steep roll then it is a good bet that the whale will have dived deep and will not surface again for 15 minutes by which time they can be miles away.

Minke Whales rarely pay much attention to yachts but it does happen as you can see on a video recorded in 2008 when a baby Minke came and gave Corryvreckan a close inspection.