Interesting facts about whales

Largest known animal ever existed is the Blue whales ranges in the size 35 m (115 ft) and 136 tonnes.

Whales are known to teach, learn, cooperate, scheme, and even grieve.

Unlike most animals, whales are conscious breathers. All mammals sleep, but whales cannot afford to become unconscious for long because they may drown. It is thought that only one hemisphere of the whale's brain sleeps at a time, so they rest but are never completely asleep.

Males are called 'bulls', females, 'cows' and newborns, 'calves'.

It is estimated that Humpback whales may live as long as 77 years.

The Sperm whale can live for more than 70 years.

Humpback whale communicate using melodic sounds, known as whale song. These sounds can be extremely loud, depending on the species.

Primitive whales probably first took to the sea about 50 million years ago and became fully aquatic about 5-10 million years later.

Sperm whale feeds on squid and fish, diving as deep as 3 kilometres (9,800 ft), which makes it the deepest diving mammal.

Sperm whale can remain submerged for 90 minutes.

Whales live in groups called pods.

Sperm whale's brain is the largest known of any modern or extinct animal, weighing on average about 8 kilograms (18 lb).

Whales are the largest predator known; they eat nearly 3 to 4 percent of their body weight.

Whales are mammals and not a fish.

Blue Whale is the largest as well as the loudest animal to live on earth.

Blue Whale's diet mainly composes of nearly 4 tons of krill, tiny shrimp like animals, in a day.

Blue Whale emit a series of sounds to communicate with each other up to 1,000 miles away.

Ocra whale's average lifespan in the wild is 80 to 90 years.

Females sperm whales care for the calves for more than a decade.

The sperm whale has 20 to 26 teeth on each side of its lower jaw.The teeth are cone-shaped and weigh up to 1 kilogram (2.2 lb).

Beluga Whales are born gray or brown, they turn white upon reaching sexual maturity.

Beluga Whales never chew their food, they swallow it whole.

Beluga Whales have flexible necks, that enables them to turn its head in all directions.

Fin Whales the second largest species of whale are commonly also known as the 'greyhound of the sea'.

One of the earliest known whales, Basilosaurus lived about 40 million years ago and was 20 meters in length.

Fin whales unlike other whales, may not need any feed whole of winter, as they rely on their accumulated blubber for energy.

The humpback whale has the longest flippers at 4 meters in length.

The humpback whale carries upto 450 kilograms of barnacles on its body.

The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small family car.

A blue whale's tongue weighs around 2.7 metric tons.

Blue whale calves gain weight quickly, as much as 90 kilograms (200 lb) every 24 hours.

Blue whale calves at birth, weigh up to 2,700 kilograms (6,000 lb) the same as a fully grown hippopotamus.

The fin whale is one of the fatest baleen whales crusing at about 20 kilometers an hour. and killer (Orca) whale are the fastest swimmers reaching upto 55 kilometer per hour.

Gray whales travel upto 20,000 kilometers every year between icy Arctic region and warm subtropical waters.

The blue whale's baby is the biggest baby at 7 meters in length and 3 tons in weight. It drink 350 liters of its mother's milk everyday.

When breathing, blue whale emits a spectacular vertical single-column spout up to 12 metres (39 ft), typically 9 metres (30 ft). Its lung capacity is 5,000 litres (1320 U.S. gallons)..













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