Whales are the largest animals to ever live on the earth. They cannot breathe underwater because they do not have gills like fishes have. They breathe through blowholes which are located on the top of their head. A whale is a mammal and fully adapted to aquatic life. They feed milk to their babies and are warm blooded. They belong to the order cetacean that includes dolphins and porpoises along with them. They live in all oceans of the world. They are social creatures that live in large groups called ‘pods’. There are mainly two different types of whales, baleen whales, and toothed whales. Baleen whales are also known as toothless whales.
Fast Facts: –
- Whales use a number of different vocalization like moaning, groan, squeak etc. to communicate with each other.
- They are believed to be the loudest animals in the entire world.
- Similar to humans, they can also suffer from sunburns.
- The bowhead whale is the longest baleen and also has the thickest blubber of all the whale species.
- The Sperm Whale has the heaviest brain in the animal kingdom.
- Baleen Whales generally feed upon krill and plankton. They can eat as much as 2 tons of Krill in a day.
- A Cuvier’s beaked whale is the deepest diver of all the whale species. They can dive to a depth of 3 km and for more than 2 hours.
- The Blue Whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth. They can also produce the loudest sound of any animal.
- All baleen whales have two blowholes and toothed whales have one blowhole.
- Many expensive perfumes contain whale poop.
- Milk of a whale has the consistency of toothpaste.
- Their gestation period can range from 9 to 15 months depending on the species.