Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
Blue whales are the largest of all baleen whales and are found worldwide. They have a long slender body with a proportionally smaller dorsal fin than other whales. Blue whales in the Northern Hemisphere are generally smaller than those in the South.
Size: Average of 88 feet long and can weigh up to 150 tons
Lifespan: 80–90 years
Distribution: They're found worldwide, from sub-polar to sub-tropical latitudes.
Journey to Monterey Bay: Our blue whales have arrived from their breeding grounds off Central America.
Did You Know?
● The blue whale is the largest animal ever known to have lived on Earth.
● Calves nurse for seven to eight months, drinking 100 gallons of milk daily.
● They can gain nine pounds in an hour and grow 1.5 inches each day.
● A blue whale's esophagus is only four inches in diameter — so swallowing large fishes isn't possible.
Animal facts courtesy of the BBC and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Explore more at www.montereybayaquarium.org.