One Big BreathWith one big breath , a 200-ton blue whale — the weight of 30 grown elephants and just over 100 feet long — could inflate 2,000 balloons.
These intelligent mammals are superlative in just about every way.
Blue and fin whales produce the loudest animal sounds ever documented, considerably louder than a jet engine.
The right whale received its common name from being the right one for the harpoons of whaling crews: a slowmoving swimmer the size of a bus, it doesn’t sink when injured.
Whales’ earliest ancestors are thought to be dog like creatures that returned to the sea 50 million years ago. Today, whales remain warm-blooded, airbreathing mammals that nurse their young and even grow hair.
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