Size: 50 ft (15.25 m)
Weight: 70 tons (63.5 m tons)
Group name: Pod
Protection status: Endangered
What does a whale look like?
Whales can be divided into two groups — baleen and toothed. Baleen whales, like the humpback, blue, minke and right, take large amounts of water into their huge mouths and sift out plankton through 130 to 140 baleen plates located on each side of the upper jaw. Toothed whales have simple conical teeth within a beak-like mouth as seen in the dolphin. This group mainly feeds on fish.
Where do whales live?
Whales live in the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans. They migrate to warmer waters in the winter months. It takes them about three months to reach their new homes near Bermuda or the Hawaiian Islands.
What does a whale eat?
The whale is the top predator in the ocean. It eats animals, which makes them a carnivore.The whale eats marine mammals and seabirds. They also eat a variety of fish such as salmon, cod, flatfish, hake, herring, and smelt. They also eat other kinds of whales. They also eat seals, sea lions, walruses, and occasionally sea otters and penguins. Lastly, they even eat squid, octopus and smaller sea creatures.
Did you know this about whales?
Capble of growing to around 100 feet in length and 180 tons in weight, the blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived. It's even bigger than any known dinosaur.
The hippopotamus is the whale's closest living land-dwelling relative. They share a common ancestor that lived 54 million years ago. Whales entered the water around 50 million years ago.
Whales don't have outer ears. Instead, they receive sound through their lower jaw. The sound is conducted from the jaw through a fat-filled cavity to the middle and inner ears.
Move over tortoises! The bowhead whale was recently proven to be the longest-lived animal on earth. A male with a 19th century harpoon fragment in its flesh was shown to be 211 years old.
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