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Whale is the common name for various marine mammals of the order Cetacea. The term whale is sometimes used to refer to all cetaceans, but more often it excludes dolphins and porpoises, which are also cetaceans but belong to the suborder Odontoceti. This suborder also includes the sperm whale, killer whale, pilot whale, and beluga whale. The suborder Mysticeti (baleen whales), are filter feeders that feed on small organisms caught by straining seawater through a comblike structure found in the mouth called baleen. This suborder includes the blue whale, the humpback whale the bowhead whale and the minke whales. All Cetacea have forelimbs modified as fins, a tail with horizontal flukes, and nasal openings on top of the head.

Blue Whales

All About Blue Whales

The scientific name of a Blue Whale is Balaeonoptera Musculus. The Blue Whale is part of the Baleen whale family.

The Blue Whale is probably the largest animal that has ever lived. A blue whale is bigger than the largest dinosaur. Blue whales can grow to be 100 feet long. Blue Whales weight 98 1/2 - 157 1/2 tons. Blue Whales are larger than even the biggest dinosaur.

Blue Whales have a pointed head, long streamlined body, slender flippers and narrow tail with flukes. Blue Whales are gray-blue in color and the the underbelly is often tinted yellow due to algae growth.

Blue Whales swim at 20 knots and is considered one of the fastest animals in the sea. The Blue Whale, while being one of the largest animals feeds on one of the smallest, krill. Blue whales have plates of baleen, which is like cartilage suspended in their mouth, the baleen acts as a filter straining krill and other small animals inside. Blue Whales can eat 40 million krill a day.

The Blue Whale is found in all oceans. Blue Whales are more solitary than many other whales. The Blue Whales summers in the polar waters, and migrate south to warmer latitudes in the winter. The Blue Whale communicates using grunts, hums and moans with volumes over 180 decibels and can be heard by whales over 600 miles away.

A Blue Whale’s Gestation is 11 months and they give birth to a single calf at a time.

Due to excessive whaling Blue Whales are an endangered species.

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