NOT SO DINKY MINKE
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!