Swimming range of a blue whale
Swimming range of a blue whale
 
 
Size of a blue whale compared to a grown up
Size of a blue whale compared to a grown up
 
 
A painting of a blue whale
A painting of a blue whale
 
 
The blow hole of a blue whale
The blow hole of a blue whale
 
 
A blue whale swimming in the ocean
A blue whale swimming in the ocean
 
 
Front part of blue whale skeleton
Front part of blue whale skeleton
 
 
Back part of blue whale skeleton
Back part of blue whale skeleton
 
Blue Whale
Topic(s):   Endangered Animals, Whales
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Habitat marine waters worldwide
Diet krill, sardines, anchovies, squid
Weight 200,000 pounds (91,000 kilograms)
Length up to 110 feet (33 meters)
Toothed or Baleen baleen
Life Span up to 80 years
Predators fishing nets, pollution, illegal whaling
Endangered yes; commercial hunting

The blue whale is the largest animal in the world. Like all whales, as soon as the baby is born it is able to swim. The baby blue whale is the size of a school bus! The heart of this baby is as big as a small car!

The stomach of a blue whale can hold as much as 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) of food. The mother blue whale feeds its baby. It gains 200 pounds (900 kilograms) a day or eight pounds (3.5 kilograms) an hour for the first six months of its life.

The blue whale makes a lot of noise. It is the loudest of all animals. When it is traveling, it makes a loud rumbling sound. This sound carries through the water for a very long way. It is how the whale gets in touch with other blue whales. It travels alone or with one other whale.

The blue whale can dive under water for 60 minutes. That means it can hold its breath for 1 hour! It can dive down over 300 feet (over 90 meters) in the ocean. The blue whales live in all the oceans of the world.

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