Living In The Ocean Blue Whales are intelligent, aquatic MAMMALS. Yes whales are mammals They breath air through blowholes (unlike fish who breath through gills). Whales can move easily though the water. They are the only mammals besides manatees who live their entire lives in water.
Size of Whales The biggest whale the blue whale can grow up to 94 feet long - the height of a 9-story building! The smallest whale the dwarf sperm whale as an adult is only 8.5 feet long.
Endangered Whales Many of the whale species are on the endangered list. Most baleen whales (the huge whales targeted by whalers) are either on the endangered list or the protected list. Starting in the 1800’s people hunted these beautiful creatures. Now the whaling has died down but people still hunt them to keep ancestors traditions.
Did You Know??? Narwhals are an type of toothed whale. They are warm-blooded animals. The blue whale is the largest animal in the sea. Whales nurse, protect, and feed their young. The two parts of a whales tail are called flukes.