The minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) was an aquatic mammal indigenous to Earth. It was a cetacean species.

Information on, a model of, and a global map showing the range of this species was included in a display of other baleen whales that was seen in the Cetacean Institute in 1986. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

In 1986, scientists believed that there was one species of minke whale. With the advent of mitochondrial DNA testing, scientists learned that there were two species of minke whales: the common and the Antarctic.

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