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Minke Whales

(Balaenoptera acutorostrata)

Minke whales are still killed by Norwegians with harpoons that often cause unimaginable agony for the many minutes it takes to die. Each whale's meat is worth quite a bit, but international sales are banned and the domestic market is glutted. Still the Norwegians kill now in defiance of the International Whaling Commission out of pride, and because they know nothing else.
Minke whales are so curious that they will almost always come close, but pass by quickly perhaps because they don't trust us. We've given them many reasons for that. Most of the time we're not interesting enough to give them a reason to come close again. Next to blue whales they are tiny. Next to us they are giants.