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Whale is the common name for various marine mammals of the order Cetacea. The term whale is sometimes used to refer to all cetaceans, but more often it excludes dolphins and porpoises, which are also cetaceans but belong to the suborder Odontoceti. This suborder also includes the sperm whale, killer whale, pilot whale, and beluga whale. The suborder Mysticeti (baleen whales), are filter feeders that feed on small organisms caught by straining seawater through a comblike structure found in the mouth called baleen. This suborder includes the blue whale, the humpback whale the bowhead whale and the minke whales. All Cetacea have forelimbs modified as fins, a tail with horizontal flukes, and nasal openings on top of the head.

Overview of Whales

All About Whales

Whales are mammals, they give birth to live babies, which they nurse.Though whales live in the ocean unlike many other marine animals, they breath air. There are two different kinds of whales, they are known as “Toothed Whales” or “Baleen Whales”. Toothed Whales eat fish and larger marine mammals, while Baleen Whales which do not have any teeth and eat krill and small plants. Popular species of Toothed Whales include: Killer Whales and Dolphins. Well known Baleen Whales include: Blue Whales and Humpback Whales.

Whales have one or two blow holes at the top of their heads. The whale uses their blow to breathe air. The whale surfaces and takes air in through the blow hole when they surface. When they submerge in the water, the blow hole closes. Before taking another breath the whale blows out the old air through the blow hole, this sprays the water making it look like a fountain. Baleen Whales have two blowholes while Toothed Whales only have one blow hole.

Whales are almost hairless but they have a thick layer of blubber that acts as insulation and helps keep them warm.

Toothed whales use echolocation for navigation. They emit high-pitched clicks then use the echos that bounceback from objects in the water to determine the location of items.

Whales have been known to live as long as 100 years.

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