Blue whales are the largest animals on Earth. They can weigh up to 180 tons. The average adult male is about 25m long and the average female is about 20m long. They can grow up to 100 feet long. or as 3 times as long as a school bus.
Blue whales have been hunted for centuries and there are now only 10,000 left in the world. According to the International Whaling Commission, blue whales have been protected from hunting since 1966 and their populations have started to recover.
Blue whales live in all of the world’s oceans, from the icy waters of the Arctic and Antarctic to warm equatorial waters. They travel in small groups of two to three individuals, though they sometimes form loose aggregations of up to a dozen or more individuals off certain feeding areas or during breeding.
Here is our list of our Incredible Mind Blowing Facts About Blue Whales.
Mind Blowing Facts about Blue Whales
1. Blue whales look blue under the water, but above water they appear gray. So they can have a chameleon like appearance.
2. Off in the wild, a blue whale could easily live to be 90 years old. They live longer than most sea mammals
3. The blue whale’s arteries are so wide that a dog could fit inside them. Mind boggling to think about!
4. Blue whales can reach up to 100 feet in length from their head to their tail.
5. The blue whale is one of the fastest-growing creatures (both in the sea and on land, for that matter!)
6. The average blue whale’s heart weighs approximately 2000 lbs, or one ton!
7. The blue whale is the loudest sea creature. Its call can reach 188 decibels.
8. Giant and heavy tongues – a blue whale’s tongue weighs more than an adult elephant.
9. Blue whales are in every ocean on the planet.
10. A blue whale’s blowhole is so large that a toddler could fit inside it.
11. Blue whales have a winter and a summer home – who knew? They spend winter months near the equator, while in the summer, blue whales head for arctic waters.
12. They are fast swimmers and can reach speeds of up to 56 km/h. They have a life span of over 20 years.
13. Blue whales are baleen whales, meaning they have baleen instead of teeth to capture their prey. They eat mostly krill, which are the tiny crustaceans that live in the water.
14. Blue whales can be found in all of the world’s oceans, but they prefer cold water and live mainly in the Antarctic and Arctic.
15. Blue whales travel in groups called pods and eat krill, a type of shrimp-like crustacean. They also eat small fish such as herring, mackerel and sardines.
16. Blue whales are the largest animals on Earth. They can reach lengths of over 100 feet and weigh as much as 200 tons.
17.Blue whales live in all the world’s oceans, but they prefer the colder waters near Antarctica.
18. The male blue whale can drink up to 40 gallons of water at a time and then shoot it into the air for over 30 feet.
19. Blue whales are the largest animals on Earth and . These majestic creatures weigh over 200 tons and eat 4 tons of food each day.
Video: How Large Are Blue Whales Really? Size Comparison
The Blue Whale is the largest animal of our time and the largest animal that ever lived. But how large are they exactly? This animation will show you.
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Summary of Blue Whale Facts
It is believed that blue whales can live for more than 100 years and there is no accurate estimate on how many blue whales exist in the oceans today. Blue whales are known as rorqual because their throat pleats allow them to expand their mouth and take in large amounts of water, which they then force out through their baleen plates with amazing force to create a giant wall of water, or bow wave, that pushes the prey into the whale’s mouth.
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