Minke whale spotted in Cornwall at Gerrans Bay
A minke whale was spotted breaching the calm, clear, Cornish waters on Tuesday at Gerrans Bay.
The gentle giant was spotted and photographed by Jason Watkins who was on a routine fishing trip on his friends’ boat.
On a calm Tuesday morning, Mr Watkins spotted the whale just metres from the boat.
He managed to take a few photographs before the whale, which can grow up to 10 metres, dived into the murky depths.
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Minke are the second smallest baleen whale, after pygmy and can weigh up to 10 tonnes.
Usually a black, grey or purple colour, common minke are distinguished from other whales by a white band on each flipper. They live between 30-50 years and can deep dive for up to 20 minutes.
Maximum swimming speed for minke is around 24mph.