Blue Whale

Blue whale
Blue whale

Conservation

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyBalaenopteridae
GenusBalaenoptera
Binomial nameBalaenoptera musculus

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The blue whale is the largest living animal to live on Earth, not just now but ever.

The blue whale reaches sizes between 69-95 ft (21-29m), although they are slightly smaller in the Northern Hemisphere. Females are larger than males and can reach incredible weights of 90-150 tons. 

The diet of a blue whale consists mainly of krill, with some crabs and squid.

They are easy to spot because of their vast size, but they also have a flattened, broad, u-shaped head.

Even though they are so large, they have a tiny dorsal fin which is set far back.