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The largest animals on earth, whales include a number of diverse species of aquatic mammals. Living their entire lives in the water, they have been a source of wonder to mankind.

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Is a whale a mammle?

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Yes, they are mammals. dolphins and porpoises are also mammals too

How do you say i dont know what your saying in spanish?

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No creo que entiendo lo que Ud. quiere decir.

What impact does whale hunting have on the environment?

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boats burning fuel causes carbon dioxide and pollution for a long period of time

Why is a whales hind legs a vestigial organ?

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Yes they do. They are detached from the vertebral column and float free though.

What are 5 sentences about blue whales?

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1. Whales are very large animals that live in the ocean, but they are not fish! Millions of years ago, whales probably walked upon land. As many years passed, the whales changed. Their back legs disappeared and their front legs became flippers! Now they live in the ocean.

2.Whales are mammals, so they feed milk to their babies and breathe air.

They like each other and live in large groups called "herds." A baby whale is called a "calf."

Whales do not have gills, so they cannot breathe under water. They must come up to the surface of the water to get air. The air is breathed in and out through their "blowhole," which is on their back.

When whales sleep, they stay at the top of the water, with their blowhole above the surface. Sometimes, a whale will swim up to the surface of the water and quickly blow air out of their blowhole, making a fountain of watery mist, called a "blow."

3.There are two different kinds of whales, the baleen and the toothed whale.

Baleen whales are also called "toothless" whales. Instead of teeth, they have plates made of baleen in their jaws. Baleen is a very hard and strong substance, much like the material that makes animals' horns. Baleen is also called "whalebone."

4. he baleen plates grow from the whales' upper jawbones. They are from two to 12 feet long and they hang down in stringy pieces. Sea water passes through the baleen and the whales' food gets caught. A kind of plankton called krill is what the baleen whale eats. The biggest baleen whales eat as much as two tons of krill each day!

There are many kinds of baleen whales, including blue, bowhead, Bryde's, fin, gray, humpback, minke, right and sei. The blue whale is the largest, often reaching 100 feet in length. They are the largest animals that have ever lived upon the earth. They are even larger than dinosaurs! Humpback whales are also big, weighing up to 45 tons.

Baleen whales have two nostrils, or blowholes.

5. Toothed whales have teeth instead of baleen. They include the beluga or white, bottlenose, narwhal, pilot and sperm whales. Dolphins are toothed whales. The famous "killer whale," is really a large dolphin, and they can grow up to 30 feet in length.

Toothed whales eat fish and plants. They have one nostril, or blowhole.

6.Whales swim by moving their tails up and down and using their flippers, which also help them to turn. Some whales, such as the sei, can swim more than 30 miles per hour.

Flippers of the humpback whale can be as long as 15 feet.

All whales are very noisy. They moan, groan, squeak and sigh to talk to each other. These underwater sounds can travel great distances. Whale are the loudest animals in the world.

7.Whales "migrate" further than any other animal. Migrating means to move from one area to another.

In the warm summer months, whales feast to build up their blubber and other fat reserves. Then, as the weather and water begin to cool when winter approaches, the whales begin their migration to warmer places. They do not stop to eat, but swim almost constantly, stopping only to rest for short periods of time.

For example, gray whales spend the winter months, from December into February, in the warm water of the Pacific Ocean near Baja California, Mexico. In mid-February they begin to swim north to the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and the western part of the Beaufort Sea. They will stay in one of those areas until October, when they start the long swim back to the warmer Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico.

Sometimes, as the whales are migrating, they swim very close to the shore and can be seen "blowing" and jumping out of the water. This jumping is called "breaching." Whale watching is popular in many coastal areas.

Are blue whales wild or tame?

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A walrus is a wild animal. Any animal is a wild animal. Even if kept in captivity, any animal can strike at any moment.

What form of communication do whales use?

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It's called echolocation or ''Clicking" language.

What are young ones of whale called?

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A young/baby whale is called a calf

At what water depth does the blue whales live?

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Most whales swim at the surface of the water since they're mammals and need to breathe air. Therefore, they don't go very deep into the ocean, since there really isn't any reason to. If they can get the majority of their food, krill, close to the surface, then there isn't a reason to go into deep water. Also, when a whale is sleeping, they are only half asleep, since they need to be awake enough to come up for air. Therefore, here they would also swim close to the surface to make it easier to surface for air. For exact numbers, the whale will go down to 1164 feet from the surface, or 0.2 miles, which isn't very big, considering the depth of the ocean. So a whale would live between the surface and 0.2 miles from the surface, normally.

Do whales Iive in oceans?

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Blue Whales can be found in almost every sea and ocean in the world. They were the most widely spread whale species until Man started hunting them down. They were once in numbers of around 200,000 or more and now there are only 20,000 or so animals left in the wild.

They can be found in areas that are abundant in "Krill" their favorite prey species.

When whales make a very loud sound what does that mean?

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This meas that the whale is trying to call or attract another whale.

How many whales live in the atlantis ocean?

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I take it you are asking how many whales live in the Atlantic Ocean, and there are about ten thousand. Not as many as there used, to be, because of whaling, but the number is rising as less and less countries kill whales.

What are the two infraorders in suborder anthropoidea?

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I've seen variations of spelling but something along the lines of:

Platrrihni (containing the superfamily Ceboidea)

Catarrhini (containing the superfamilies Cercopithecoidea and Hominoidea)

Why is it wrong to hunt whales?

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It's wrong because they're harmless and they are not out to kill us.

Where do you buy whale blubber?

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Black market, it's illegal!! WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BUY IT :@

How do japan catch whales?

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In the Southern Oceans they have got a massive whaling fleet. The Japanese whaling fleet is like a massive industry which have various ships for certain purposes, in general, it contains a factory ship, two or three harpoon ships and a spotter ship, along with others but not relevant to this. The spotter ships relay the coordinates of a pod of whales to the harpoon vessels and the harpoon vessels would hunt and chase them down. Once a harpoon vessel is within range to kill a whale or whales, they would load the harpoon gun and when they are ready, they would shoot the harpoon and they would try to aim for the head, so it would be killed quicker but this is rarely the case and there are occasions where some whales suffer for at least twenty minutes and they would suffocate on their own blood. If a whale wasn't killed immediately, they should drag it using a rope towards the harpoon vessel and shoot a rifle into its skull. Once the whale is dead, it would be dragged by the harpoon vessels to the mother ship or in this case, it is known as the factory ship. When a harpoon vessel is close to the factory ship, if the whale hasn't been killed more than twelve hours prior to the transportation of the whale, it would be transferred from the harpoon vessel to the factory ship via a long thick rope up the slip way. After the whale has been transferred to the factory ship, the slaughtering begins; they would cut open the stomach and simply butcher a whole whale with a group of 100 Japanese butchers. They would pack and freeze the meat where it would be transported to another vessel, where it would be transported back to Japan to be sold. Once the whale is packed and frozen, the whalers would through any worthless parts of the whale, mainly the vital organs off the boat and into the ocean.

What was the result of the Pequod's attack on the large group of whales described as the Grand Armada?

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Queequeg stuck a whale with a harpoon, but the whale escaped.

What physiology does a whale use to jump out of the water?

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The behaviour is called breaching. It's not just Sperm Whales that do this, whales in general as well as rays and some sharks do this.

Why? Scientists are studying the behaviour and aren't sure why they do this. One theory is it's a way of communicating to one another. Think of it as a long distance communication system. Another theory is that it's a method of removing barnacles and other irritations from their skin.

What do most whales eat?

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Despite their size, whales are often plankton eaters. Some, like the killer whale, eat fish and seals.

Can a human fit inside a whale's vagina?

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Yes. I have spent many a day camping inside a whale's vagina with my extended family. It's very cosy, yet still plenty of room to pitch a tent.

Why are whales and barnacles buddies?

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They aren't symbiotic : the barnacles (crustaceans related to crabs) are parasites on the whale's skin, and will also attach to boats, docks, and other marine locations.

How big is a whale's rib?

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The bone structure of the whale is relatively like other fish with the main bone being the skull and then a vertebra as well as ribs. ... The blue whalescan hold their breath for many hours however if they cannot reach the surface ... is weened, blue whales measure about 50 feet long and weigh approximately 50000 pounds.

Do whales possess a diaphragm?

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Yes, whales have diaphragms which divide the thoracic and abdominal sections of their body.

How big can whales grow over generations?

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The largest whale on record is the blue whale is that of 115 feet and weighing 136 tons.

Average whale sizes:

Orca whales can measure 32 feet and weigh 10 tons.

Blue whales can measure 106 feet and weigh 176 tons.

Finback whales can measure 82 feet and weigh 79 tons.

Sei whale can measure 51 feet and weigh 30 tons.

Right whale can measure 50 feet and weigh 110 tons.

Humpback whale can measure 52.5 feet and weigh 50 tons.

Sperm whale can measure 59 feet and weigh 44 tons.

Grey whale can measure 36 feet and weigh 35.5 tons.

Pilot whale can measure 20.3 feet and weigh 3 tons.