The Blue Whale is a marine animal believed to be the largest animal in existence. In fact, these massive mammals are larger than most prehistoric dinosaurs!
Blue Whales belong to the order Artiodactyla and the family Balaenopteridae (or Rorquals), along with the Humpback Whale.
Interesting Facts about the Blue Whale
- Blue Whales live in the Antarctic Ocean, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic, and North & South Pacific.
- It can grow more than 100 feet long. The longest ever recorded Blue Whale was 108 feet long.
- The average adult Blue Whale weighs between 290,000 and 330,000 pounds and is about 10 stories tall.
- A Blue Whale tongue weighs as much as an elephant. Their heart is the size of a VW Beetle.
- Blue Whale babies are called calves that weigh 5,000- 6,000 pounds at birth. Their moms produce over 50 gallons of milk each day to keep these giant babies fed.
- Blue Whales are the loudest marine animals. Their groaning and moaning can be heard almost 1,000 miles away.
- Blue Whales eat a lot of Krill, and their tummy can hold 2,200 pounds of tiny crustaceans.
- The cruising speed of a Blue Whales is 5mph, but it can accelerate up to 18mph.
- Blue Whales love traveling. They can spend summer in the Polar Regions and move to the equator when winter approaches.
- These whales can live up to 100 years. The oldest known Blue Whale was 108 years old.
- A Blue Whale’s biggest threat is whalers who hunt them for oil.