Mink Whale (image) Helmholtz Association Caption After coming up for air an Antarctic mink whale is descending underneath the sea ice of the Weddell Sea. Mink whales are the biggest winter inhabitants of the antarctic sea ice. They measure up to 10 meters in lenght and weight up to 10 metric tons. Nevertheless, they belong to the smaller members of the family of plankton feeding baleen whales. Credit Photo: Mario Hoppmann, Alfred-Wegener-Institut Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.