Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Facts About Blue Whale - strangefacts

  • The blue whale's heart only beats nine times a minute
  • A baby blue whale drinks approximately 130 gallons of milk each day
  • The blue whale can whistle up to 188 decibels; they are the loudest animals on Earth 
  • A blue whale's tongue weighs more than a whole elephant, and is large enough for fifty people to stand on it

  • The blue whale, the largest animal on our planet ever (exceeding the size of the greatest dinosaurs) still lives in the ocean; it's heart is the size of a Volkswagen  
  • The Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales (called Mysticeti).  
  • At over 33 metres (108 ft) in length and 180 metric tons (200 short tons) or more in weight, it is the largest animal ever known to have existed.
  •  For over 40 years, they were hunted almost to extinction by whalers until protected by the international community in 1966.
  • A 2002 report estimated there were 5,000 to 12,000 blue whales worldwide, located in at least five groups.
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