Amazing facts about whale

Amazing facts about whale

They are extremely intelligent and social beings that share our lifespan and often our close-knit family structures. They sing, they play, they nurture, they bond and they cooperate. However, unlike modern humans who appeared on the scene less than 200,000 years ago, modern cetaceans are an ancient clan stretching back tens of millions of years. These cetaceans first appeared in the fossil record about 50 million years ago (in modern form about 35 million years ago) and have been populating our oceans with a magical grace ever since.

Soo let's see some amazing facts about whale .

  • An elephant weighs less than a blue whale’s tongue.

  • Killer whales, dolphins and beluga whales only sleep one hemisphere of the brain at a time so that they can breathe while resting.

  • Despite being so massive, this giant of the ocean feeds on some of the smallest marine life – tiny shrimp like animals called krill. A single adult blue whale can consume 36,000 kg of krill a day.

  • They mainly catch their food by diving, and descend to depths of approximately 500 m.

  • Blue whales have few predators but are known to fall victim to attacks by sharks and killer whales, and many are injured or die each year from impacts with large ships.

  • A newborn blue whale calf weighs about as much as 100 men and is about 7.5 meters long. This huge baby drinks enough fat-rich milk to fill a bathtub every day. This milk is 40-50% fat and has the consistency of cottage cheese. With all of this nursing, baby blue whales gain 3.7 kilograms an hour, until about 8 months-old. By then, they typically weigh 22.5 tons.

  • Blue whales can boast of being the loudest creatures on Earth. At 188 decibels, their loudest vocalizations can be heard hundreds of miles away and is louder than a jet, which peaks at only 140 decibels. Human ears cringe at sounds over over 120-130 decibels.

  • The blue whale is not only the largest animal on Earth, but is also the largest animal to have ever existed on Earth at any point.

  • Whale vomit is worth tens of thousands of pounds and is used in the production of perfume.

  • In 1970, a dead sperm whale on an Oregon beach was blown up with dynamite in an attempt to get rid of the decomposing corpse. They used 20 cases of dynamite instead of 20 sticks. Flying debris from the blast destroyed the roof of a nearby car, and onlookers were covered with whale particles.

  • A whale’s throat is only large enough to roughly let a beach ball pass through, whereas its mouth can store up to 90 metric tons of food and water.

  • There is a single whale somewhere in the ocean that transmits calls at a frequency no other whales transmit at. It has been called “the world’s loneliest whale.”

  • Scientists were monitoring whale stress levels by analyzing their poop and found that their stress plummeted immediately following the 9/11 attacks. It turns out this was due to all ship traffic being halted which quieted the oceans of low frequency noise, which the whales use to communicate.

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