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Blue whale[2]

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  • 1. The Blue Whale Scientifically Known As Balaenoptera musculus Ironically it means little mouse in Latin
  • 2. Unique Characteristics & Habitat
    • Largest and loudest animal on earth
    • Blue grey in color
    • Lifespan from 35 to 80 years
    • Can be found in all oceans with different ranges of temperature
    • Ecosystem is the ocean
  • 3. Blue Whale Food Web
  • 4. Reproductive & Trophic Position
    • Reproductive cycle takes place during winter
    • Reproductive takes place in warm water
    • Time period for reproduction from 11 to 12 months
    • 2 nd trophic level (i.e. primary consumer)
    • It eats small organisms like plankton, krill, and small fishes
    • If whales were to go extinct plankton and krill would reproduce beyond necessary
  • 5. Whale Size in Perspective
  • 6. Status of Blue Whale
    • Endangered according to international whaling commission
    • IWC banned hunting internationally
    • Endangered according to federal government in 1970 under section 7 of the endangered species conservation act of 1969
  • 7. Animal Protection Act
    • The International Whaling Comisssion
    • Endangered SpeciesConservation Act of 1969
    • Being hunted excessively
    • Began to be hunted for their oil and baleen
    • Now there are only several thousand left
  • 8. Protecting the Blue Whale
    • Commercial whaling of the blue whale has been banned since 1967
    • We should lessen our dump of toxic waste
    • Those who perform illegal wailing should be fiercely prosecuted
    • Example: PCBs are one of many man-made chemicals used in the production of plastics and styrofoams- common components of beach trash. Mass die offs of cetaceans thought to be related to PCBs and other environmental factors have been increasing in the last decade.
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  • 10. Work Cited
    • &quot; Blue Whales.&quot; studyworld.com . studyworld.com, 2009. Web. 11 Mar 2010. <http://www.studyworld.com/basementpapers/sec_papers/Blue_Whales.html>.
    • &quot;Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) .&quot; National Parks Conservation Association . National Parks Conservation Association , n.d. Web. 11 Mar 2010. <http://www.npca.org/marine_and_coastal/marine_wildlife/bluewhale.html>.
    • Karen, Worthington. &quot;The Blue Whale (Balaenopters musculus).&quot; North West Wild Life . North West Wild Life, n.d. Web. 11 Mar 2010. <http://www.northwestwildlife.com/articles/the_blue_whale.pdf>.
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