Whales are of the largest, biggest and most interesting animals on the planet. Here are 15 of the coolest facts we found on the unbelievable creatures.
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15. A blue whale produces over 400 gallons of sperm when it ejaculates, about ten percent makes it into the lucky lady. And now we’re all left to wonder what the Sperm whale had to do to earn its name.
14. Reaching lengths of up to 100 feet and weighing up to 400 thousand pounds, blue whales are the largest animal on the planet. The tongue of a blue whale is as large as an elephant and the heart of a blue whale is so large that a young child could swim through its veins.
13. One of the most distinctive of whales, the Killer Whale, which is the same breed as the famous Shamu, is actually not a whale, but a type of dolphin.
12. blue whale can up to six months without eating, but during certain times of the year, it can eat up to 4 tons of krill, which is a tiny shrimp-like animal that makes up a large portion of the whale’s diet, per day.
11. Whales live in all the oceans around the world, but during winter, most of them migrate to the equator. Blue whales can swim at an average speed of five miles per hour, but can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.
10. Whales are the loudest animal on the planet, and can reach heights of 188 decibels. (a typical rock concert is measured at about 150 decibels)
It is thought by scientists that whales can hear each other from up to 1,000 miles away if the conditions are fair.
Some whales use echolocation to sense the size and location of objects and animals. It is also used for sexual selection.
9. It has been theorized that beluga whales enjoy music. In multiple experiments in the ocean and in captivity, the whales not only expressed interest in, but also sung along and danced to music played to them. In one specific case, a captive beluga whale appeared to be serenading by a group of mariachis. At least something likes mariachis.
8. Scientists know little about the sounds of whales. They seem to many to be complex and mysterious. The famous bloop, a very loud noise detected in the early 2000s was at first thought to be made by whales, but was later concluded to be caused by icebergs. It has been reported that whales have similar communication patterns to humans and have even imitated human voices before. It has also been reported that a whale named Lugosi in a Vancouver aquarium could say its own name.
7. In the 20th century, humans killed over 2 million whales. It is estimated that today, between 10 thousand and 25 thousand whales swim in the world’s oceans. Whales were hunted for their oil, meat and baleen. While hunting has slowed since, the major threat to whales today is pollution.
6. In terms of poaching, the narwhal, which is sometimes referred to as the unicorn of the sea is one of the most valuable whales, with large tusks that can reach up to 8 feet in length.s
5. According to scientists, blue whales are getting even larger. Due to global warming, the warmer temperatures in the oceans currents make krill, the blue whales favorite food, more available to the giants. Blue whales are so large that even at birth, they are already of the largest animals in the world. A baby whale weighs about 3 tons at birth and gains on average 200 pounds per day.
4. Whales are very social creatures. They rarely are alone and usually travel in packs. From a photographic study, it was determined that female humpback whales exhibit long-lasting friendships with each other and sometimes even reunite with each other annually. Female to male and male to male friendships were not proved to be existent.
3. Sperm whales have unique sleeping patterns. They only sleep between the hours of 6pm and midnight for approximately 12 minutes at a time. They sleep in a vertical position. Scientists found a group of sperm whales near Chile, completely still, with their heads bobbing near the surface of the water. Once the scientist got to the middle of the pod of whales and nudged one of them, the whales woke up and swam away.
2. Whales have a unique organ to their species, which is used in feeding. The way whales eat is a method known as lunge feeding. They swallow large amounts of water, sometimes up to the equivalent of their weight, which surrounds their food, which is krill, plankton, and various other small ocean creatures. It is assumed that this softball-sized organ, located near the chin on baleen whales, is used to help filter the food from the water.
1. Some species of whales will adopt animals that are not their own. In 2011, there was a case of sperm whales that adopted a deformed dolphin into their pod. Baleen whales have also been reported to exhibit similar behavior, and sometimes so with inanimate objects, such as planks and skeletons.
Video credit to Strange Mysteries YouTube channel