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Largest Animal in the World

Alejandro Vieyra, Contributor

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The blue whale is actually the largest mammal in the world. No other land animal, or marine, can grow larger than the blue whale.

The blue whale can grow up to 100 feet in length and 150 tons in weight. Wow. Also, the blue whale is even the largest animal in existence. In fact, blue whales can even be heard several miles away and far beneath the ocean’s surface.

They are apex predators in the ocean, which means that they are on the top of the food chain. Although they are the largest animals, they eat very tiny animals. Blue whales eat krill, which is a very tiny shrimp-like animal. They use a method known as “filter feeding” to eat their prey. The whale takes a huge mouthful of water in the middle of the shoal of krill, half-shuts its jaws and then expels the water by pressing its tongue forward so that the krill remains and can be swallowed.

Blue whales are believed to be a dark blue, but they are actually a grayish-blue. Its only when they dive into the water that they appear to be the dark blue. Their average speed is five miles per hour, but when they feel threatened they can swim up to twenty five miles per hour.

They like to migrate toward cooler polar waters during feeding seasons, but they also enjoy traveling to warmer climates during the year.

A healthy adult blue whale could live up to 90 years and it can eat as much as 40 million krill in one day (that’s a lot of krill). The blue whale is truly a fascinating animal; I would really like to see one in person, wouldn’t you?

Check out this catchy blue whale song that’ll be stuck in your head all day:

Credit: http://www.whalefacts.org/blue-whale-facts/

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