They nurture, they sing, play, cooperate and bond. Besides, unlike modern humans who did appear on the scene less than two centuries ago, modern cetaceans are just an ancient clan that stretches back tens of millions of years.
They are found every ocean in the world. Whales belong to the order Cetacea that means they are mammals entirely adapted to aquatic life. Like all other cetaceans, including porpoises and dolphins, whales are also descendants of land-living animals that returned to the water after living for several years on land.
Many whales can grow to be magnificently huge. Actually, the Blue Whale is considered to be the biggest animal in the world.
Do you want to learn more about whales? You have come to the right place. Below are some facts about whales which you probably didn’t know! Did you know that…
- The blue whale has the biggest penis in the world at almost 8 feet long, but not the biggest testes. That honor goes to the Southern Right whale with one pair of its gonads weigh nearly one ton.
- Blue whales are pregnant for almost 2 years.
- Many whales usually give birth surrounded by midwives. The midwives assist the newborn remain at the surface for breathing as the mother recovers.
- The biggest animal to ever grace on Earth, extinct or still living, is the blue whale. They have tipped the scales at 140 tons and reached about 100 feet. The blue whale’s tongue only can weigh as much as an elephant!
- Whales don’t drink seawater; instead, they only extract water from their food through metabolizing the fat.
- You can easily tell the age of a whale by counting the number of rings in its earwax.
- The water in a mouth of a blue whale weighs as much as its whole body.
- Most of the expensive Perfumes contain whale poop.
- A blue whale is bigger than a basketball court!
- Whales drown if they stay underwater for more than 30 minutes.
- The heart of a blue whale can be as big as a car.
- Grey whales usually mate in a threesome: 2 males to one female.
- The blue whale can produce the loudest sound than any other animal. At around 188 decibels, the sound can be detected more than 500 miles (800 km) away.
- Whales and dolphins give birth with the tail first instead of the head.
- Whale Sharks can live nearly 100 years.