Size: Whales vary great in size. Large whales
can measure up to 110 feet and weigh up to 180 tons.The
largest whale is the blue whale. The smallest whale
is the dwarf sperm whale which measures only 8.5 feet
Habitat: Whales collectively inhabit all of
the world's oceans.
Description: Whales have streamlined bodies.
All whales also have flippers, tail flukes and blow
Diet: Baleen whales eat plankton, while toothed
whales eat fish and other marine mammals like seals,
dolphins or other smaller whales.
Communication: Whales communicate using
sounds and through body language. Communication
and sounds created by whales differ from one whale
species to another.
Did You Know?
Whales and manatees are the only mammals
that spend their entire life in the
Gestation: Whales carry their young from 9 to
18 months, depending on the species.
Birth: Whales give live birth. The size of the
calf will vary by species.
Life Span: Whales typically live 20 to
40 years, but some species can live as long as
Did You Know?
A blue whale calf drinks about 130
gallons of milk per day, and gains up
to 200 pounds per day during periods
of its nursing period.
Social Structure: Whales typically have very
strong social ties. The strongest social ties is typically
between mother whale and her calf. Whales often congregate
in social groups referred to as a pod.