are a lot of fun facts about whales for
* Whales are warm-blooded mammals
that breathe with lungs and give live birth.
* While most mammals have
fur or hair to keep them warm, whales and
Instead they have blubber, a
layer of fat under their skin, which
keeps them warm in the water. In some larger whales, that layer can be
* Whales (including
dolphins) are carnivores.
Even the large baleen whales that don't have teeth, eat small animals
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* Toothed whales, (including dolphins),
eat larger animals such as fish
* All baleen whales live in salt
water, but a few species of toothed whales live in freshwater
was a 20-meters-long ancestor of whales that lived in dinosaur
*The Bowhead whale has the largest
mouth in the world. Its mouth makes up 1/3 of its
* While blue whale is
the largest whale in the world, one of
the smallest whales
is finless porpoise
which is only 1.5 metres long.
* Whales, (including
dolphins), have large
brains compared to most other animals.
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* Fin whales
can make a noise
so loud that it has been mistaken for the humming of a ship.
* Whales are believed to
have a sense of the Earth's magnetic
field. It is believed that it helps them navigate and could
sometimes be a cause behind
whale and dolphin strandings.
* The blows
of different species of whales are different and can be used for
* Baleen whales have long baleens
hanging down from their upper jaws.
* The Bowhead whale has the longest
baleen of all whale species - it's more than four meters
* Whales communicate to each
other by many different means. They make noises, and use their bodies,
e.g. lobtailing (slapping
the water surface with their tail flukes).
* Baleen whales usually swim
in large groups as they migrate
distances. They migrate between cold feeding grounds and warm breeding
* The Fin whale is one of the fastest.
It swims 20km/h. It is also
the second largest whale
after blue whale.
* About 1000 whales
and dolphins die every day in fishing
get accidentally stuck and they drown
because they cannot get to the surface to breathe.
is the biggest danger
for whales, even though they live their entire life in the
water, they need to get the oxygen from the air.
* If a whale is sick or
injured and cannot get to the surface, other
pod members will support
it (lift it up to the surface).
* A sick whale often wants
to swim to shallower waters to make sure
it can breath.
* The pod members will
follow because they want to help, and they
don't want it to get separated from the pod.
* If they swim in water that
is too shallow, or in tidal waters, the whole pod
can get stranded.
* One problem for stranded
whales is that their skin will get
dry and burn in the sun. They need to be kept moist with
by sprinkling water from hoses, until the next high tide comes along
can get back into the water.
* If the largest whales get
stranded, they can die because their inner
organs get crushed under their own body weight, which can only be
supported in the water.