Whales are some of our favorite creatures in the entire ocean. Why? Because they are over-whale-mingly interesting. Tired of the whale puns yet? Maybe you’ll find the following whale facts more fun. When you’re done reading the following fun facts about these gentle giants, check out our free whale coloring page and test your knowledge with our learning about whales blog post.
Whales are mammals, not fish, which means they give birth to live young and then nurse them until they reach a certain age - just like humans!
They breathe air, but they can hold their breath for a really long time. Sperm whales can hold their breath for 90 minutes at a time. That’s an hour and a half! When they finally do come up for a breath of air, whales breathe through the blowhole on the tops of their head.
There are two types of whales: baleen and toothed. Baleen whales, like humpbacks and blue whales, feed by filtering krill or plankton-filled water through the bristles (almost like a toothbrush) in their mouths. Toothed whales use sharp teeth to feed on things like fish and squid.
The blue whale is the largest animal on Earth and can reach over 100 feet long.
Whales make music - some of them anyways. Humpbacks are famous for their singing. Have you heard the song of a humpback whale? Check out the video below to hear some whale song: