Interesting facts about whales

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The largest mammals living on Earth.

It is reported that the sounds made by whales can be heard by other whales several thousand kilometers away. They can communicate in a very sophisticated way. They are sociable and live in family herds, usually centered around the oldest female. Find out some interesting facts about these huge mammals.

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The name “whale” is a relic of the times when these animals were still considered fish.

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The blue whale is the largest living whale.

The maximum recorded body length is 33 meters, and the scientifically confirmed one is 30. The weight of these animals can reach 136 tons.
3

Some whales live long lives.

The bowhead whale is the longest-living mammal, representatives of this species can live more than 200 years! Orcas, on the other hand, can live to be 100 years old.
4

Due to whaling, most species are endangered.

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We call male whales bulls and female whales cows.

Baby whales that are nursed by their mother are called calves.
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Calves grow from 7 to 10 years of age.

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During sleep, only one hemisphere of the whale's brain sleeps.

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The gray swimmer is a species characterized by enormous migration distances.

These animals can cover distances of 16 kilometers.
9

Unlike fish, the tail fins of whales are horizontal.

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Injured whales are most often caught to give them a chance to survive.

However, sometimes whales become so accustomed to new conditions that they cannot be reintroduced into the environment, as this could lead to their death.
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Whales do not have vocal cords.

Their sounds come from the nostrils.
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Whales communicate with each other using “melodies.”

These melodies consist of high-frequency clicks and whistles. Single sounds are most often used for echolocation, and complex sounds are used for communication with other individuals.
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