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A Tale Of A Whale - Blue Whale Facts.

Updated on October 14, 2011
Adult Blue Whale.
Adult Blue Whale.

Known as the largest animal living or extinct, the little we do know about the blue whale is absolutely fascinating.

Here's a few facts about this massive behemoth:

1.) Difficult to weigh due to their size, it has been estimated that a blue whale averages eighty to a hundred feet and weighs as much as 134 tons - Says the book Whales, by E. J. Slijper, that weight is equivalent to four brontosaurs or 30 elephants, or 200 cows, or 1,600 men!

2.) A newborn blue whale calf can be over twenty feet long and weigh about 2.8 tons! In addition, they will consume 100-150 gallons of milk a day.

3.) An adult blue whale can eat up to 40 million krill in a day. In addition to krill, they also feed on a small group of crustaceans.

4.) A blue whale is not a fish, but a warm-blooded mammal. It breathes air, suckles its young and even has some of the eternal hairs that are characteristic of mammals.

5.) The only time a blue whale breaks the water's surface, is to exhale a blast of steamy breath - known as the blow - and to inhale more air.

6.) Unlike other marine mammals, the blue whale (other whales included) cannot lounge around shorelines.

Even temporarily beaching of whales mean certain death. Without water to support such a massive bulk, their ribs collapse and death occurs due to suffocation.

7.) The call of the blue whale is said to travel 2,000 miles [3,000 km] underwater.

8.) The tongue of a one-hundred-foot blue whale can easily weigh 6,600 pounds.

9.) As of 1997, it was found that the North Atlantic is home to a sizable blue whale populating,

In addition, a small concentration - at least two groups - (approximately 2,000) have been found in each of the North-East Pacific, Antarctic, and Indian Ocean and at least two groups in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sadly, blue whales were hunted almost to the brink of extinction. As a direct results, blue whale hunting has been strictly regulated since 1946, giving this fascinating creature a brighter and more reassuring future.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much for stopping by habee - you know I love trivia stuff. Wouldn't be nice if we didn't have to use cellphones - if we were whales, we could just communicate in that way. :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! More trivia - I love it! I once saw a small whale, and it was amazing. Their calls can travel 2,000 miles?? Guess they don't need cell phones! lol

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Your welcome Hello, hello. I wish we knew more about this amazing creature, I guess time will present us with further opportunities to learn more about this fehemoth of a creature.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Another interesting hub Thank you Veronica Allen.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you creativeone59. Although scientist are still studying about this massive creature, what we do know about the blue whale is truly fascinating.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Wow,and Wow what a whale of a hub.boy did I enjoy that hub,thank you Veronica. creativeone59