The common minke whale (scient. Balaenoptera acutorostrata) is a small whale species, worldwide distributed, which is found quite often in the seas of the western Mediterranean Sea and less in Greek and Cretan Seas.
Its length varies from 7 to 10m, weighing 5 to 10 tons. It belongs to the baleen whales, making it the second smallest species of this class. Its belly is white and its back is dark gray. In the countries of the North Sea and East Asia, the species has stopped being chased as earlier.
It can stay under the water for almost 20 minutes. The species has not been studied thoroughly, as other whale species.