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Blue whales are baleen whales, who eat krill and other small pelagic marine animals.
Blue whales are semi-deep divers going down as deep as 600 feet in search of the 1 to 8 tons of krill they consume in a single day, depending on location and season.
The Blue Whale typically dives for periods averaging 5 to 10 minutes.
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  Blue Whale - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Blue whales are found in all oceans of the world.
Blue whales feed by lunging open-mouthed into dense groups of small sea creatures such as krill or fish.
Blue whales often lunge through their prey side by side, apparently using each other to block the escape of their prey.
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 Blue Whale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales.
All Blue Whales are rorquals, a family that includes the Humpback Whale, the Fin Whale, the Bryde's Whale, the Sei Whale and the Minke Whale and belong to one of seven species of whale in the genus Balaenoptera.
Blue Whale strandings are extremely uncommon and, because of the species' social structure, mass strandings are unheard of.
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 Blue Whales   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The population status of blue whales in the Northern Hemisphere is unknown.
The status of blue whales in the southern hemisphere is uncertain.
Blue whales are surface feeders, feeding almost exclusively on krill in the Southern Ocean and small-sized schooling fish in the Northern Hemisphere.
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 Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
The blue whale is the largest creature on the planet and is larger than the largest of the dinosaurs.
The blue whale is a slate or grayish color that lightens as you approach the underside.
Blue whales are social creatures but are most commonly found in small groups of two or three animals.
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 Animal Info - Blue Whale
Blue whales are usually solitary or in pairs (mother-calf pairs or two adults), although they may gather in loose groups to feed.
On the other hand, the number of blue whales in the Antarctic remains extremely low; there is a complete absence of blue whales off southern Japan, and blue whales are apparently rare in the Gulf of Alaska and the southern Bering Sea, where they were once abundant.
Swimming: The blue whale ranks among the fastest of the whales, with feeding speeds of 2 - 6.5 km/h (1.2 - 4 mi/h) and cruising speeds of 5 - 33 km/h (3 - 20 mi/h).
www.animalinfo.org /species/cetacean/balamusc.htm   (1418 words)

  
 Blue Whale
The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest mammal found on the planet, perhaps the largest mammal that has ever lived, thought to be even larger than even the largest of the dinosaurs.
Blue whales eat by filtering food from the water through plates called baleen in their mouths that take the place of normal teeth.
Blue whales were once termed “sulfur bottom” by the earliest whalers because of micro-organisms and algae that grow on their underbellies, giving a yellowish appearance.
www.newzealandfauna.com /bluewhale.php   (483 words)

  
 Blue Whale: Wildlife Notebook Series - Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Blue whales have from 55 to 88 of these grooves, some extending from the chin to the navel.
Blue whales are found most frequently along the edges of continental shelves and are seldom seen in nearshore Alaska waters.
An estimated 4,900 to 6,000 blue whales are believed to have inhabited the north Pacific prior to whaling.
www.adfg.state.ak.us /pubs/notebook/marine/blue.php   (894 words)

  
 BLUE WHALE - EnchantedLearning.com
Blue whales are rorqual whales, whales that have pleated throat grooves that allow their throat to expand during the huge intake of water during filter feeding.
Blue whales live at the surface of the ocean and are found in all the oceans of the world.
Blue whale breeding occurs mostly in the winter to early spring while near the surface and in warm waters.
www.enchantedlearning.com /subjects/whales/species/bluewhale.shtml   (1152 words)

  
 6000tiger's page on Saving the Blue Whale!
Blue whales were free to grow and breed in the ocean until humans developed boats that could catch them and not sink with their tremondous weight on board and weapons that could kill them.
Blue whales feed mainly on krill, a tiny plankton that is between 1 to 3 inches long.
Blue whales are also exposed to high rates of contamination from industrial and crop chemicals that help in their destruction.
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 Blue Whale, Balaenoptera musculus, Natural History Photographs
Female blue whales are larger than males, an adaptation enabling a mother to cope with the physical demands of calving and nursing.
Blue whales are closely related to fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), which are also huge, but the body of a blue whale is mottled and lighter in color and its dorsal fin is not as tall and pronounced as that of the fin whale.
Whales from this stock are often seen migrating north along the Pacific coast in spring and summer, typically stopping near Point Conception or the Farallon Islands to feed on aggregations of krill in August and September.
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 Blue Whale Detailed Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Blue whales were hunted extensively for their large quantities of baleen, blubber, and meat.
Blue whales are light bluish gray on their dorsal side and mottled gray whitish on their bellies.
Blue whales die of natural causes and are sometimes preyed upon by packs of killer whales.
nmml.afsc.noaa.gov /education/cetaceans/blue2.htm   (509 words)

  
 Blue whale
Blue whales are fundamentally bluish grey in color with white undersides to the flippers.
In the North Atlantic the whales are found East of Spitsbergen in spring and summer and from the Davis Strait to Greenland.
The blue whale was been hunted since the late 1800s, both in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/jaap/bluewhal.htm   (607 words)

  
 Blue Whale | Cetacean Fact Sheet | American Cetacean Society
The blue whale is one of the rorquals, a family that also includes the humpback whale, fin whale, Bryde's whale, sei whale, and minke whale.
The blue whale is blue-gray in color, but often with lighter gray mottling on a darker background (or with darker spots on a lighter background).
In modern times, blue whales in the Southern Hemisphere reach lengths of 90-100 feet, but their Northern Hemisphere counterparts are smaller, on average 75 to 80 feet (23 to 24.5 m).
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 blue-whale.info - Blue Whale
Blue whales have long, thin pectoral flippers 8 feet long (2.4 m) and flukes (the tail fins) that are about 25 feet (7.6 m) wide.
They are rorqual whales, which means whales that have pleated throat grooves that allow their throat to expand during the huge intake of water during filter feeding.
Blue whales have 50-70 throat grooves that run from the throat to mid-body, so that when they take in seawater and Krill to filter out, they have a large capacity that helps them gather a full stomach in a short amount of time.
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 Blue whale | largest mammal
Blue whales, as well as many other whale species, have been hunted to the brink of extinction by people from all over the world for centuries.
Blue whales diet consists mainly of krill, a tiny shrimp that lives in tremendously large schools in almost every ocean of the world.
If a blue whale were to be removed from the ocean it would smother under its own weight - a result of the effects of gravity.
www.extremescience.com /BlueWhale.htm   (1004 words)

  
 Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
As the seasons are reversed between the two hemispheres, northern and southern blue whales do not interbreed in temperate and equatorial waters.
Female blue whales give birth to a single calf in temperate or equatorial waters during the winter months.
The birth of a blue whale has never been observed, but records from past whaling activities indicate that a newborn blue whale is about 8 m in length and weighs 2-3 metric tons.
www.nsrl.ttu.edu /tmot1/balamusc.htm   (339 words)

  
 Blue Whale Fact Sheet
Blue whales migrate several thousand miles to wintering grounds and fast for the duration of their stay; the fat on their body is enough to see them through the whole winter.
Blue whales are found in open oceans from the icy waters of the extreme Southern Hemisphere to the Aleutian Islands off Alaska at the northern boundary of the Pacific Ocean.
The blue whale is currently one of the world's most endangered whales.
www.dec.state.ny.us /website/dfwmr/wildlife/endspec/blwhfs.html   (539 words)

  
 The Duck's Blue Whale Page:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Put 22 elephants on one side of a balance scale and the blue whale on the other, and the blue whale will weigh more.
Blue whales are part of a family of whales called rorquals.
After the blue whale, the most familiar rorqual is the humpback whale, frequently seen on whale-watching expeditions off America's east coast or off Hawaii.
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Blue whales have been known to reach a length of 100 ft (30.5 m) and to weigh as much as 120 tons; average length is about 75 ft (23 m).
The blue whale is slate blue in color and has a dorsal fin.
The neck of the blue whale has 80 to 100 conspicuous furrows called ventral grooves, which alternately expand and contract as the animal takes in and expels water.
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 Blue Whale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The largest creature ever known to have existed on earth is the present-day blue whale.
Blue whales comprised about 90 percent of the whaling industry’s total catch during the early part of this century.
Since then, the blue whale population has declined and was on the brink of extinction.
www.nature.ca /notebooks/english/bluwale.htm   (169 words)

  
 Blue Whale Photographs, Balaenoptera musculus, Phillip Colla Natural History Photography
Blue whales are most easily identified by their huge size, tall blows (up to 30 feet high), blue/gray mottled skin color, and typically rounded (falcate) dorsal fin.
Blue whales are closely related to fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), which are also huge, but the body of a blue whale is mottled and lighter in color and its dorsal fin is not as tall and pronounced as that of the fin whale.
Whales from this stock are often seen migrating north along the Pacific coast in spring and summer, typically stopping near Point Conception or the Farallon Islands to feed on aggregations of krill in August and September.
www.oceanlight.com /html/blue_whale.html   (819 words)

  
 BLUE WHALE: the Loudest Animal Alive
The blue whale is the loudest animal on Earth!
Whales produce sounds two ways: by moving air through a tubed extension of the larynx to the nasal plugs (located near the nasal sacs near the blowhole).
P.E. Purves (1967) suggested that whale sounds are mostly produced in the larynx region and the nasal sacs, as air is moved between nasal sacs.
enchantedlearning.com /subjects/whales/species/bluewhale/Loudest.shtml   (445 words)

  
 Blue Whale -- Kids' Planet -- Defenders of Wildlife   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Blue whales generally spend winters in temperate and subtropical zones, migrating toward the polar regions in spring and summer.
Blue whales swim 14 miles per hour (with bursts as fast as 30 mph) and feed at depths of less than 330 feet (but can dive as deep as 1,640 feet).
Blue whales once were considered too difficult to hunt because of their speed and tremendous size.
www.kidsplanet.org /factsheets/blue_whale.html   (358 words)

  
 The Marine Mammal Center
In blue whales, 55-68 throat grooves extend from the throat to the navel.
Blue whales must eat two to four tons of krill a day during the feeding season.
STATUS: The blue whale was too swift and powerful for the 19th century whalers to hunt, but with the arrival of harpoon cannons, they became a much sought after species for their large amounts of blubber.
www.tmmc.org /learning/education/whales/blue.asp   (632 words)

  
 Blue Whale watching in Big Sur California, Balaenoptera musculus
Blue whales are an overall blue-gray color, mottled with light gray.
Blue whales are rorqual whales, a family of baleen whales with pleated throat grooves that expand when the animal takes in water while feeding.
The blue whale was too swift and powerful for the 19th century whalers to hunt, but with the arrival of harpoon cannons, they became a much sought after species for their large amounts of blubber.
www.bigsurcalifornia.org /whalesblue.html   (477 words)

  
 Balaenoptera musculus, Blue Whale at MarineBio.org
The Blue whale is blue-gray in color, but often with lighter gray mottling on a darker background (or with darker spots on a lighter background).
Blue whales in the northern hemisphere move north to Arctic waters to feed; Blue whales in the southern hemisphere move south to the Antarctic to feed.
The Blue whale is the largest predator to ever inhabit this planet and is thought to feed almost exclusively on small, shrimp-like creatures called euphausiids or krill.
marinebio.org /species.asp?id=41   (1883 words)

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