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Minke Whales Great Barrier Reef Taka Dive

  • Location: Great Barrier Reef
  • State, Town, City: Cairns
  • Zip/Postal Code: 4870
  • Your Website: http://www.flykam.com.au
  • Listed: June 11, 2011 5:29 am
  • Expires: 354 days, 12 hours
Minke Whales Great Barrier Reef Taka Dive


During the months of June, July and August of each year there is the amazing opportunity to encounter Dwarf Minke Whales whilst on their migration path. The Dwarf Minke Whale was first recognised as a distinct form in the mid 1980’s. Since that time there has been much research conducted on these whales, but still to date very little is known about the Dwarf Minke. Through research programs on the Great Barrier Reef, we now know a few specifics about these whales.

The Dwarf Minke Whale is the smallest of the baleen whales growing up to 7 metres in length and weighing up to 10 tonnes. Although they are termed “ship seeker” or in other words very friendly and not afraid of human contact, they choose to travel solitary or in pairs/small groups. They feed on krill in the sub-Antarctic waters between the months of December and March of each year. They spend a lot of time passing through the Great Barrier Reef during the months of June, July & August but have never been recorded feeding in the area.

The Dwarf Minke is the only species of whale at present, with which humans are allowed purposeful in the water interaction. You are likely to see these whales approach the vessel and interact with guests on board by jumping, breaching, spy hopping (poking one eye out of the water to look at you) or presenting their belly. These friendly mammals will play and interact with snorkellers for up to 3 hours at a time.

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