Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth.
Blue whales are baleen whales – a suborder of whales that can filter tiny organisms out of the sea with their bristly baleen mouth combs.
The blue whale has a truly global distribution, occurring in all oceans except the Arctic, and enclosed seas. But despite this, they are one of the rarest of the whales, numbering between 10,000-25,000.
The blue whale has an average lifespan of 80 to 90 years. A way to tell a whale’s age is to look at growth layers in their ear plug. The oldest whale estimated using this method was 110 years.
In addition to the blue whales massive size it is also one of the loudest animals in existence.
In fact a blue whales calls can be heard several miles away and far below the oceans surface.
Other than humans that hunted blue whales during the whaling era the only known predator to the blue whale is a pack of hungry killer whale, however these attacks appear to be rare and rarely successful.
In cases where the blue whale is attacked the killer whales tend to go after a young defenseless whale rather than an adult blue whale.
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