A group of whales is usually called a pod, but other terms for a group of whales include a gam, a herd or a school. A pod usually includes whales that are either related to each other or whales that have formed friendships with each other. Pods are made up of anywhere from two to 30 whales or more.
Smaller-toothed whale species tend to form larger pods which helps to protect them from predators. Larger baleen whales are not as afraid of predators, so their pods tend to be smaller; some of these whales even prefer to travel on their own. Female whales are more likely to live in pods with their own children and other female whales and their children.Learn More
A group of stingrays is called a fever. Stingrays normally travel in groups to hunt but are also known to travel individually and in pairs.Full Answer >
A group of closely related species is known as a genus. In taxonomic classification, species are defined as a group of organisms that produce viable offspring through interbreeding. Species that share similar morphological or genetic traits or characteristics are grouped into one genus.Full Answer >
Some species of whale do have teeth. These specific toothed whales belong to a group of marine mammals called cetaceans, which include such animals as the oceanic dolphin, porpoise, beluga and narwhal.Full Answer >
Whales are primarily hunted for meat and blubber, which are sold as food products in countries like Japan and Iceland. Historically, whale blubber also supplied oil for lamps before petroleum became the dominant fuel source. Although the International Whaling Commission issued a worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986, individual countries can reject the ban or use loopholes to continue the practice.Full Answer >