Blue Whale
Family: Balaenopteridae
Genus: Balaenoptera
Species: Musculus Musculus

Also known as Great Whale.

The Blue Whale can be found anywhere from polar to tropical oceans.

Anywhere up to 90ft & 150 tons in weight.

Mottled blue-grey, with a pale underside.


Gestation & Longevity:
12 months & up to 65 years, respectively.

A truly remarkable creature, the largest known living animal on the planet.

Like all rorquals, the Blue Whale is a filter feeder. This means that it takes in great gulps of water that it then filters through its baleen - great plates fringed with bristles that take the place of teeth in these creatures - straining out the tiny crustaceans that are the great whale's food.
These crustaceans - krill - are then dislodged from the baleen plates by the tongue.

The Blue Whale has around 300-400 of these plates, and can easily consume several tons of krill a day.

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