How well do you know the whale?
Whales are large, intelligent, aquatic mammals. Unlike fish, which breathe through gills, whales breathe air through blowholes on the top of their heads. Whales have to come above water to breathe.
Like all mammals, whales
The blue whale is thought to be the largest animal that ever existed on Earth. It grows to be about 94 feet long—the height of a nine-story building. These enormous animals can eat as much as 4 tons of tiny krill each day, obtained by filter feeding through baleen. Adult blue whales have no predators except humans.
How to care for a stranded whale
Sometime a whale will blunder ashore for some reason and become stranded, or beached. If you come across a beached whale, there are things you can do to help rescue it:
Whales measure up
Go outdoors and unwind 100 feet of yarn in a straight line. This is the average length of a blue whale!
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