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Minke whales are widely distributed throughout tropical, temperate and polar regions. The smallest, and most streamlined of the rorqual whales, they are built for speed. Their scientific name acutorostrata refers to the acutely pointed and streamlined shape of their head. There are two recognized species of minke whales with partially overlapping ranges: The Common minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), and the Antarctic minke whale (B. bonaerensis)1. Dwarf minke whales are an unnamed subspecies of the common minke whale that occurs almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere. In addition the North Atlantic and North Pacific common minke whales also have separate sub-species designations (B. a. acutorostrata in the North Atlantic and B. a. scammoni in the North Pacific). Minke whales are not known for their acrobatic or curious behavior around vessels, but their widespread and predominantly coastal distribution make them one of the targets of whale-watching activities around the world.