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Whale facts

You can tell the age of a whale by counting the rings in its earwax.

Humans killed at least 2.8 million whales in the 20th century.

A natural predator of the Moose is the Killer Whale. They have been known to prey on moose swimming around America’s Northwest Coast.

The water in a blue whale’s mouth weighs as much as its entire body.

Many expensive Perfumes contain whale poop.

Whales can suffer from sunburns.

A blue whale is larger than a basketball court.

There’s only one all-white humpback whale known in the world.

Whales drown if they remain underwater for over 30 minutes.

Despite their massive size, blue whales feed almost exclusively on krill, tiny shrimp-like animals about the size of a jelly bean.

A blue whale’s heart can be as large as a car.

A blue whale’s tongue can weigh as much as an elephant.

Whale Sharks can live up to 100 years.

Grey whales always mate in a threesome: two males to one female.

Blue whales can get a tan.

The blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal. At 188 decibels, the noise can be detected over 800 km (500 mi) away.

In their first year of life, baby blue whales gain 200 pounds (91 kg) every day.

Killer Whales are actually dolphins, not whales.

Dolphins and whales give birth with the tail first instead of the head.

Most of a sperm whale’s head is filled with a fatty, yellow tissue called “junk.”

Humans, killer whales and short-finned pilot whales are the only species in which females live well beyond menopause.

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