Whales are mammals that have an incredibly size range, yet all whales fall between 13 feet long and 90 feet long. The blue whale, the largest known whale or mammal, ranges from around 70 feet to 90 feet. Most other well-known whales, such as the orca, sperm, humpback and minke whale, fall in a range of 20 to 69 feet.Know More
The blue whale is recorded to be almost the same size as the Argentinosaurus, an incredibly large dinosaur from the Mesozoic Era. Whales were a species of massive quantity until the 20th century. By that point, whaling had taken a serious toll on their population's numbers, and all types of whales, but especially blue whales, began to have a major decrease in population. More recently, steps have been taken to stop poachers from attacking whales, and whaling has been made illegal.
Whales are often used in literature to represent a great beast due to their large size. In "Moby Dick," a giant whale is the antagonist against a group of whalers. They are also famous not only for their large size but also their large voices, which can range from 155 decibels to 188 decibels, frequencies that are higher than most other mammals, and they even make "songs" with these noises.Learn more about Marine Mammals
Whales and dolphins communicate underwater by making different sounds that include chirps, clicks, barks, moans, yaps, squeaks, mews and whistles. It is not known whether dolphins and whales communicate with one another through these sounds or only communicate within their own species.Full Answer >
A young whale is called a calf. The female whale is known as a cow, while the male is known as a bull. The gestation period of a whale can last from 9 to 18 months. The calf suckles from 6 months to 2 years before becoming an adult.Full Answer >
The beluga whale, also called a white whale, is the smallest species of whale. The average beluga weighs 2,000 to 3,000 pounds and measures 13 to 20 feet in length.Full Answer >
Whales are not considered fish. Although they resemble other animals that are considered fish, whales have a very different anatomy. Whales share many more anatomical and genetic features with another group of animals entirely: mammals.Full Answer >