Some Interesting Facts About Whales


A plane flying over the water

There are some interesting facts about whales that you may not have known before today. For example, did you know that there are at least eighty different species of whale? That’s a lot! You can learn more interesting facts about whales by reading below.

Largest animal on earth

A large body of water

Did you know that blue whales are the largest animals on Earth? The blue whale can weigh as much as 150 tons and be as long as 80 feet long. That’s huge!

Do you know what to do if you see a whale?

A whale swimming in a body of water with a mountain in the background

If so, your knowledge is far greater than most people’s. If you see a whale, don’t make loud noises or try to touch it. You may scare it or negatively affect its habitat. It may not seem like it but they need our protection!

Teeth of whales

Whales have teeth when they are born, but then they lose them later in life. These teeth usually don’t grow back either which means an adult whale has no teeth! This is why whales tend to eat softer foods.

Species of whales

There are so many different species of whale that it would be nearly impossible to list them all here, but some species include blue whales, orcas, sperm whales, and humpback whales!

Breathing mechanism of whales

Whales breathe air just like we do, but they need to come up every few minutes in order to refill their lungs with oxygen through their blowholes on top of their heads. Because whales breathe air as we do, if they get trapped underwater by something such as ice or rocks then they can drown just like we can.

Spermaceti 

One of the most amazing facts about whales is that they have a special organ called a ‘spermaceti organ’ in their heads where they can store oil or spermaceti. It’s also sometimes called a ‘case of mistaken identity’ because when sailors used to see it they would think it was another head!

Movies about whales

All whales have an incredible sense of smell and hearing which is probably why there are so many movies and cartoons with whales as the main characters (e.g. Finding Nemo and Free Willy).

Echolocation 

One of the most interesting facts about whales is echolocation. Scientists have also discovered that whales use echolocation just like dolphins do! This means they can find food or objects around them by producing sounds and listening to the echoes created when those sounds bounce off of an object nearby.

Loudest animal on earth

The blue whale is known as being one of the loudest animals on earth, but what many people don’t realize is that some other species are just as loud, if not louder! One such species is called a sperm whale which produces clicks, groans, and even some types of whistles too!

Conclusion 

Whales are some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth. They can grow up to 100 feet long, which is almost as big as a football field! These giants spend their entire lives in saltwater and just one giant breath could fill four or five large bathtubs with air. It’s easy to see why whales have captured our attention for centuries – they’re huge, intelligent, mysterious animals that we don’t fully understand yet. Hopefully this article has given you some interesting facts about whales so next time someone asks “What’s the deal with whales?” you’ll be able to answer them confidently!

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