Blue whale mania!
A mighty Blue whale beside our boat Bjössi Sör
It´s been almost 4 weeks since the first Blue whale of the season came into our bay and it´s been truly amazing to enjoy their presence almost every day since!
These creatures are truly mysterious and perhaps the most well known and interesting fact about the blue whale is that it is the largest animal on earth. In fact, it is thought to be the largest animal to ever live on earth even surpassing the size of the largest dinosaurs. Following are some more interesting facts about the blue whale.
– The blue whale can reach a weight of up to 190 tons. That's about 8 DC-9 aircrafts or 15 school buses.
– Blue whales can grow up to 30 m. The largest blue whale ever recorded was an adult female measuring 33 meters.
– The female whales are longer than the males.
– The average lifespan of a blue whale is 60 to 70 years although according to various sources it is reported as low as 40 years and as high as 110 years.
– Blue whales can swim at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
– Blue whales do sleep usually in the middle of the day.
– Female whales are pregnant for about twelve months.
– Females give birth to one calf every two to three years.
– A newborn calf weighs about three tons when it is born and averages approximately 7,5 meters in length.
– The blue whale is the loudest animal in the world.
– The population of blue whales is dangerously low with only an estimated 1300 to 2000 left.
– The blue whale is currently an endangered species.
– The blue whale can eat up to four ton of Krill (a small shrimp like creature) a day.
– A blue whale heart is the size of a Mini Cooper and can weigh close to 907 kg. Its heartbeat can be detected from two miles away and a human can easily crawl through its major arteries.
– The blue whale's tongue weighs approximately four tons and could hold an elephant.
– The mouth of a blue whale is big enough to park a car in it. About 100 people can fit in a blue whale's mouth.
– The spray from a blue whale's blowhole is almost as tall as a three-story building or about 9 m. A toddler can fit into its blowhole.