Their name comes from the Norwegian fisherman Meincke who mistook them for their larger cousins the fin whale. He led the local whalers to find these smaller, less valuable, whales, the whalers made fun of him and the name stuck.
Minke whales are fish eaters. They herd the fish up from below trapping them with air into giant swarm called a ‘bait ball’. The fish ‘boil’ at the surface and are engulfed by the jaws of the whale.
The whales typically breathe 3-5 times at short intervals before diving into the depths for up to 20 minutes. These deep dives are preceded by a pronounced arching of the back.
Minke Whales typically live for 30-50 years; in some cases they may live for up to 60 years.
David Ainsley, Sealife Adventures