🐋 The Whale, The Blue And Gray Of The Seas 🐋

🐋 The Whale, The Blue And Gray Of The Seas 🐋

Characteristics of Whales

The whales are one of the most amazing creatures that live on the planet, and inhabit all the oceans of the world.

The term balénido, of the family Balaenidae, refers to the mysticetes cetaceans, which involve only 4 species of whales, however the word «whale» is used in a broader sense to refer to all the great cetaceans.

Whales belong to the order of cetaceans, which means that they are mammals fully adapted to aquatic life, this includes dolphins and porpoises. Whales are descendants of terrestrial animals that returned to water after having lived millions of years on Earth.

Most whales can become very large. In fact, the blue whale is considered the largest animal in the world.

Whales are closely related to dolphins and porpoises.

There are two types of whales identified by scientists, bearded whales and toothed whales, and each of these sub-categories has several species. You can easily identify what category A whale belongs to on the basis of their diet and physical characteristics.

Whales have their own hierarchy in the groups they belong to. They are excellent parents with their offspring and are able to communicate with variety of sounds. If you have the opportunity to watch the whales closely, you will quickly understand how they value their relationships with others.

The physical design and anatomy of the whale is very complex, and that is why they are able to survive in the water. They depend on their pectoral and dorsal fins to help them move in the water and to maintain balance. They also have breathing holes in the top of their bodies, where they take the air, then, they can submerge under water for a period of time, before having to climb to the surface by another breath, is a characteristic of the whales that Definitely separates them from most of the existing aquatic life.

Many people confuse whales with dolphins, and what is really complicated is that they are in many ways. However, dolphins and whales are words that are used to separate these types of cetaceans by their size and physical characteristics.

Another creature with which the whales are closely related is with the hippo. It is believed that both evolved from a similar species, more than 50 million years ago. The story that leads to these conclusions is something you can find interesting enough to explore in greater detail later on.

Types of Whales

The bearded whales constitute most of the whales. They have a sieve structure, in the area of the jaw, which allows them to easily filter the food in the water.

The toothed whales are carnivorous, and as their name implies they have teeth that allow them to hunt their prey easily.

Another way to distinguish them is by the number of nostrils has a whale. All the bearded whales have two nostrils, while the toothed whales have only one blowhole.

Species of whales

There are quite a few species of whales from which we can study, of which you will find a lot of unique and common characteristics. If you are fascinated with this type of creature, then you should take the time to investigate, you will find that they are very intelligent animals, and interesting to know.

Several species of whales are hunted in some parts of the world. This has become a very popular sport due to the size of these magnificent creatures. In other areas whaling is carried out in order to provide food supplies for people in the area. Because of the combination of these scenarios, many species of whales are in danger. Therefore, if measures are not taken to protect them and their natural environment, the day may soon come when they no longer exist. This will certainly alter the natural balance of the waters.

Humans and whales

You will discover that the future of the whales could be endangered by the continual destruction of their living areas. The waste pollutes the waters and the areas in which the whales live is becoming less populated. They must also move to new places, when their sources of food are scarce, as a result, they increase the likelihood of being caught in the fishing nets and even being hit by boats in the waters.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about whales.

1. Why do whales sing?

The traditional explanation attributes the song of whales to the male whales, as a way to seduce the female whales while trying to reproduce…

2. How do whales communicate with each other?

A very low-developed sense of smell and poor vision at their disposal in the seawaters made the whales develop the sound as a way of communicating with each other…

3. Do whales actually sing?

Some whales, especially humpback whales and blue whales, produce a melodic sound known as whale song. However, it is important to understand that whales do not sing as we do, because they do not have vocal cords and do not need to exhale air as we do when we sing.

These songs change from station to station, and all males in the herd sing the same.
The purpose of whale singing varies from reproduction to communication. They can last up to thirty minutes and all the males in a pod sing the same song at the same time.

4. How long do whales live?

Some whales have a life similar to humans, in particular the blue whale comes to live 85 years of age…

5. What is a group of whales called?

A group of whales is commonly called a pod, or herd.

6. How much does the blue whale weigh?

Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived on Earth, even much larger than the largest dinosaur known. They can measure up to 108 feet and weigh about 190 tons.

7. How are whales classified?

There are two suborders of whales, bearded whales and toothed whales and they differ not only in their eating habits, but also in the way they communicate with one another.

8. Which is the largest whale?

The largest whale is the blue whale.

9. Which is the smallest whale?

The dwarf sperm whale the smallest of the whales. They measure up to 2.5 meters long (8 feet) in length and can weigh up to 272 kilograms.

10. How big is a sperm whale?

An adult sperm whale is between 11 and 15 meters long and can weigh between 20 and 45 tonnes. While it is not the largest whale, it is the largest serrated whale.

11. Why do the whales migrate?

During the summer season, the whales migrate to cold waters where the food is abundant…

13. Where do humpback whales live?

Humpback whales live in both hemispheres, crossing from one side to the other in the world during feeding and breeding seasons. They migrate more than 25,000 miles a year.

14. How do whales breed?

Whales are mammals, feed their offspring with breast milk…

15. Why are humpback whales in danger of extinction?

In the 18th century, the commercial value of humpback whales increased, making them a preferred target for hunters…

16. How do whales communicate?

There are two suborders of whales, bearded whales and toothed whales and they differ not only in their eating habits, but also in the way they communicate with one another.

The toothed whales, such as the shallots, use their breathing orifice to make a range of sounds that are used to communicate between them and also for eco-localization or bio-sonar.

Bearded whales, like the blue whale, use different methods to communicate with each other, producing sounds differently, which do not include air exhalation and are known as whale singing.

 

 

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