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Blue Whale

posted: 11/30/15
Blue Whale
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Scientific Name: Balaenoptera musculus
Status:
Endangered
Number Remaining: 10,000 to 25,000
Average Length: 80-100 feet
Average Weight: about 200 tons

The blue whale is the largest animal on our planet. It weighs as much as 33 elephants, are as long about three school buses, has a heart the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, and it must eat around 4 tons of krill per day! They have been found in every ocean.

These gigantic creatures were almost whaled into extinction until they were declared protected by the International Whaling Commission in 1966. While whaling is no longer considered a major threat for the whale species, they are still threatened by climate change as it affects their main prey, krill. They're also majorly affected by pollution.
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How You Can Help:

  • Marine Mammal Center: Learn more about threatened marine life, report a distressed aquatic mammal, and learn how you can help their cause.
  • Save the Whales: Learn how you can help save the whales and what is being done to save these giant mammals.
  • The Great Whale Conservancy: Learn about their efforts and what you can do to aid their efforts through donations and signing petitions.
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