Whales are one of the most mysterious and fascinating creatures.They belong to the group of mammals called Cetaceans, they are a part of this group along with dolphins and porpoises.
The largest animal ever to have lived on earth, is the blue whale weighing at up to 100 tons, it is bigger then the largest dinosaurs ever lived. Even a normal sized whale is a huge creature .
Whales are split into two groups: toothed whales and baleen whales.
Whale diet depends on the species of whales . it can range from plankton to large marine mammals.
Baleen whales have a comb-like fringe, on the upper jaw, which is used to filter plankton, crustaceans and small fish .
Toothed whales have teeth and eat fish, squid, and other marine animals
They sense their surrounding environment through echolocation.
Whales are elusive and highly intelligent . They are mammals as are , dogs, cats, humans amongst others.
Whales are warm blooded and have a skeleton.
Fish breath using gills , but the Whales breathe air through blowhole/s into lungs, and they have to return to the surface at regular intervals to breath air
Whales have streamlined bodies and can move easily in the water.
They live their entire lives in the water, and have adapted to life in the oceans.
Under water . whales songs can be heard for miles .
whale songs can be of low frequency and some whales emit whistles and clicks which they use for echolocation .The songs are believed to be used to keep track of offspring, , to locate prey.and to attract mates.The humpback whale song can last for up to half an hour.
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