Wednesday, September 22

Facts about Blue Whales

Blue Whale Facts 

  

Did you know a Blue Whale baby is considered the biggest baby on earth? When they are grown adults, their tongues can weigh almost as much as a small elephant. Their hearts are the size of a small car and can weigh as much as 1300 pounds. 

Blue Whales are the loudest animals on earth! Their call can reach one hundred eighty decibels and sometimes higher, and the sound can be heard for hundreds of miles underwater.



What is your favorite kind of whale?



Facts about Blue Whales:

1. Blue whales are the largest animals to exist on Earth. They can reach lengths of up to 100 feet and weigh over 200 tons. A blue whale’s heart alone is as large as a Volkswagen Beetle.

2. Blue whales feed primarily on tiny shrimp-like creatures called krill. During certain times of the year, a single adult blue whale can consume about 4 tons of krill daily.

3. Blue whales appear true blue underwater, but their coloring is more mottled blue-gray when they are at the surface of the water.

4. Their underbellies take on a yellowish hue due to millions of microorganisms living on their skin.

5. They have a broad flat head and a long tapered body ending in wide triangular flukes.

6. Blue whales are among the loudest animals on the planet. They emit pulses, groans, and moans and can hear each other up to 1,000 miles away. That is loud!

7. These graceful swimmers often travel alone or in pairs, occasionally swimming in small groups.

8. A baby blue whale emerges from its mother, weighing up to 3 tons and stretching to 25 feet.



Remember, these amazing marine mammals continue to awe us with their sheer size and fascinating behaviors!



Share a fact about blue whales with us.



Books about Blue Whales:

1. The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond 

2. If I Were a Whale by Shelley Gill




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