MINDBLOWN Episode #2: Amazing Blue Whale Facts
You often hear about people complain about being single….not being able to find love. Still searching high and low for a soulmate. Well for all the single folks out there, here’s a mind-blowing fact about BLUE WHALES, to help you feel better. The loneliest creature on Earth is the Blue Whale who has been calling out for a mate for over TWO DECADES… As if it could get any more depressing, the blue whale has such a high-pitched mating call, that OTHER types of whales never respond to it…in other words, the Blue Whale travels through the vast ocean completely alone for over 20+ years.
The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) (which is actually a marine mammal) is also the largest known animal to ever exist on the planet which can reach a maximum length of up to 100ft with a maximum recorded weight of up to 200 tons!
Check out the picture below for a size comparisons of blue whales to other animals and things of different size:
In this second picture below, you’ll see that the blue whale can reach a maximum size in length of almost 3 school buses. You can also see that it’s size surpasses that of a tank, a triceratops, and even a space shuttle!
Here are some other mindblowing facts about the Blue Whale:
- Blue whale calves drink 380–570 liters of milk a day.
- Calves gain at least 90kg a day in its first year
- A blue whale’s milk supposedly tastes like a mixture of fish, liver, milk of magnesia, and castor oil.
- Baby whale calves gain about 200 pounds (91 kilograms) every day for its first year.
- An elephant weights lighter than a Blue whales tongue
- Their heart can be the size of a Mini Cooper
- Most whales give birth surrounded by midwives. The midwives help the newborn stay at the surface for breathing, while the mother recovers.
- The blue whale has the largest penis in the world at about 8 feet long, but not the largest testes. That award goes to the Southern Right whale. One pair of Southern Right whale gonads weighs about one ton.
- The head and lower jaw of humpback whales are covered with knobs called tubercles, which are actually hair follicles.
- Because of an absence of teeth (which can be used to estimate age in other mammals), it is difficult to tell how old blue whales are when they die. It is believed they live past 50 years old.
So the next time you’re feeling lonely, imagine how the blue whale feels… 🙁