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Upon reaching sexual
maturity (6–8 years of age), males measure an average of 6.9 m (23 ft)
and females 7.4 m (24 ft) in length, respectively. Reported maximum
lengths vary from 9.1 to 10.7 m (30 to 35 ft) for females and 8.8 to 9.8
m (29 to 32 ft) for males. Both sexes typically weigh 4–5 t (3.9–4.9
long tons; 4.4–5.5 short tons) at sexual maturity, and the maximum
weight may be as much as 10 t (9.8 long tons; 11 short tons).
The Minke whale is a black/gray/purple color
and have between 240 and 360 baleen plates on each side of their mouths.
Most of the length of the back, including dorsal fin and blowholes,
appears at once when the whale surfaces to breathe.
Minke whales typically live for 30–50 years; in some cases they may live for up to 60 years.