NOT SO DINKY MINKE

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

It is well known that Minke Whales fre­quent the In­ner He­brides, but it is only since the early noughties that North Sea fish­er­men re­turned to north-east Eng­land ports with tales of leviathans off­shore. In North York­shire and Northum­ber­land, savvy wildlife-tour op­er­a­tors now of­fer boat trips in search of cetaceans coaxed south and east of their nor­mal Bri­tish range by ris­ing pop­u­la­tions of Her­ring and Sar­dine. A typ­i­cal en­counter with feed­ing minkes in­volves the nine-me­tre long an­i­mals arch­ing sleekly above the sea sur­face be­fore con­tin­u­ing the par­a­bola un­der­wa­ter, out of sight. Breath­tak­ing!

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