Adult blue whale
The water is then squeezed out through the baleen plates by pressure from the ventral pouch and tongue.
Scientists have discovered that by counting the layers of a deceased whale's waxlike earplugs, they can get a close estimate of the animal's age.
These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to feet long and upwards of tons.
As with other mammals, the fundamental instinct of the whale was to try to carry on breathing at all costs, even though this meant beaching to prevent itself from drowning.
They were never weighed whole, but cut into blocks 0.
Between and the mids, someblue whales were slaughtered.
The whale was towed to sea after 7 hours by a stronger boat.
A blue whale is classified as a baleen whale meaning it has bristle-like teeth made of keratin.
Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant.
Blue whales gorge on krill in the rich waters of the Antarctic before migrating to their breeding grounds in the warmer, less-rich waters nearer the equator.
They do not form the large, close-knit groups seen in other baleen species.
Coloring and Appearance Blue whales look true blue underwater, but on the surface their coloring is more a mottled blue-gray.