1. Whales belong to the cetacean class, which does not include dolphins and porpoises.
2. The name whale originated From Greek, itself is translated as “sea monster”.
3. Whales different from fish and so are not fish, they are mammals, they feed their young ones with milk like most other mammals.
4. Whales live not only in warm waters. They can also live in cold water and feel quite comfortable.
5. Whales have wool on their body and a lot of fat.
6. Scientists divide all cetaceans into three groups:
- Ancient whales; considered completely extinct;
- Mustachioed; as the name implies, such whales have a mustache;
- Toothed whales, the diet of which consists mainly of squid and large fish.
7. A whale is able to live without food for more than 10 months.
8. In addition, he may not sleep for about 3 months in a row.
9. When they sleep, one part of the brain is constantly in an active state. This allows the giant mammals in half-asleep to continually emerge to the surface of the water to take a breath of air.
10. It is curious to know that these marine animals in one breath gain such an amount of oxygen (about 2000 liters), which allows them to be quiet under water for 2-3 hours.
11. Whales don’t breathe with their mouth or nose, but have a breather located behind their heads. And only the Greenland whales, exhaling, throw up a powerful stream of water, the height of which can be up to 6 meters.
12. The most giant representative of present-day cetaceans is considered to be a whale of blue (blue) color.
13. The blue color whale has a maximum weight of 160 tons, and body length of up to 30-40 meters.
14. Females whales are always larger and more massive than males.
More Interesting facts about whales
15. Young cetaceans, being born into the world, can have a body size of up to 8-9 meters.
16. For a day they consume more than 300 liters of breast milk.
17. An adult individual absorbs up to 8 million calories per day.
18. whales do not drink sea or other water. They get moisture exclusively from the food they eat.
19. According to average estimates, about 8,000 liters of blood are present in the body of a marine animal.
20. The mentioned blue whales have a huge heart, its weight can reach a whole ton.
21. Whale tongue weighs at least 4 tons. On its surface, 60-80 people can easily accommodate.
22. Whales have no vocal cords. However, this does not stop them from singing at all. Some species of cetaceans make such low sounds that a person is not able to hear them.
23. Whales have no ears. They recognize sounds using the sensitive lower jaw.
24. These giants living in the water column have extremely poor eyesight. When the whale goes deep, very greasy tears begin to flow from its small eyes.
25. They protect their eyes from the abundance of sea salts and slightly improve the vision of the mammal.
26. Whales do not smell at all.
27. They have not developed a sense of taste.
28. The average depth to which the Whale can descend in water is 3-4 kilometers.
30. At this moment, the whale’s huge heart begins to beat slower. It does not make more than 10 beats per minute.
31. Animals belonging to the cetacean order have different life spans. Some species are able to live up to 100 years or more, so also the Whale-Bowheald whales according to science can live for more than 200 years.
31. Another unexpected and curious fact about whales: each individual has a unique tail. It is as unique as human fingerprints.
32. In addition, the tail for whales plays a large role: with it, mammals are able to move in water without resorting to the help of fins.
33. Scientists believe that the hippo is the closest relative of cetaceans.
34. More than 50 million years ago, the ancestors of the living whales left the land for water.
35. From time to time, dozens of whales are thrown onto the ocean. And despite the efforts of the rescuers, many of them die. The reasons for this behavior of animals can depend on many factors.
36. According to research the Blue Whale is the largest animal that has ever lived, it can weight up to 300,000 pounds or 150,000 KG and up to 100 feet long and weigh up to 24 Elephants altogether. (Source: noaa.gov)
37. Whales travel in groups and families (Matrifocal)
38. According to research, Gray Whales is the longest traveling mammal, they migrate as far as 10,000 miles which is around 16,000 km in a round trip.
39. A Cuvier’s beaked whale in 2014 set the record of the deepest and longest dive ever for a cetacean, this record came about when it reached a new depth of 1.9 miles (2,992 m) and remain submerged for over 2 hours.
40. Whale gestation Period is around 15 to 18 months.
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