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Blue Whale

Blue whales rule! By Yazelle Lomeli
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Blue Whale
Shape:
Body Systems
Size:
The
male
whale is on average about
82 ft.
long, while ironically, the
female
is about
85 ft.
long
Color:
The Blue whale is
Blue
Unusual
Characteristics
and
Adaptations
Description
actually it is a pale blue gray color
It's circulatory system pumps
ten tonnes
of blood throughout it's body
1 tonne
=
1,000 kilograms
A Blue Whale's
heart
is equal size-wise to a small
car
whale heart=small car

They are relatively fast swimmers for their size, and their speed allows them to be
barnacle-free
.
An average Blue whale will live about
80-90 years
, and some believe it can even live up to 100 years.
Unusual Characteristics
Aside from being some of the biggest animals on earth, blue whales can also be
considered the loudest.
They can even reach a
speed of 20 miles per hour
if they are upset or uncomfortable
Adaptations

blast from a blue whale's blowhole can reach a height of

6 meters.
-
It is believed that the
low pitched sounds
that blue whales emit are used for sonar purposes, as a way of knowing their surroundings
-
When there is plenty to eat, they
gorge heavily
, almost non-stop, for eight months; during the other 4 months, they rely on the fat and blubber they had been storing
-
Surprisingly, to push itself through the water, the blue whale
uses the force in it's back
muscles instead of using it's tail
The blue whale's shape is not unlike other whales, yet it is
uniquely different
.
This is the END (literally)
Blue whales are known for having
broad, flat heads;
have long, thick bodies; and triangle like tail flippers
The
Kingdom
Order
Genus
Family
Class
Animalia
Phylum
Classification
Chordata
Mammalia
Cetacea
Balaenopteridae
Balaenoptera
Species
Balaenoptera musculus
Pygmy Blue Whale
Cladogram of Related Organisms
Blue whale
Northern Blue Whale
Southern Blue Whale

Habitat
.they swim in all oceans of the world, in the deep blue sea
.Migration paterns would include ocationally swimming in pods of two, but most often swim alone
.They spend thier summers in the Artic eating so they can have enough fat for winter
.In the winter they migrate to warmer waters so they won't freeze
Nutrition
The adult blue whale can eat on average 4 tons of krill per day
1 million krill would make up about 1 tonne of food for the blue whale
The food is not only used as energy, but is also stored as fat, or blubber
Reproduction
More reproduction
The blue whale only has one baby
in their whole lifetime
gestation period:
10-11 months
After birth, parents care for
the babies for a few months,
even though babies learn how to swim
right away; (30 sec. after birth)
The Blue Whale is a K selected species
Role in Ecosystem
blue whale
krill
humans
is an carnivore
The baleen plates found on their upper jaws filter almost everything they consume, which is mostly krill
because krill is meat.
krill is creature that resembles a small shrimp
human beings have been hunting &
killing blue whales; it is very rare for
a person to eat a blue whale, but still,
it can happen
this is good!
THREATS AND SOLUTION
We are working towards a world with more blue whales!
threats
blue whales are sometimes
victims of shark attacks
global warming makes water
temperatures rise
killer whales occasionally
kill blue whales
it is rare for a large ship to
hit a blue whale
OUCH!
solution
whale hunting is now illegal
Greenpeace, an enthusiast environmentalist
group, would place themselves (in small lifeboats) between the whale hunters and the whales; which forced the hunters to kill humans in order to hunt the whales
there are several worldwide
campaigns to "Save the Whales"
my solution
I propose we all donate
just one dollar to contribute to
the save the whales conservation move-
ment. That way, if everone in the world, 6,840,507,003
people, donated just $1 each that would make $6,840,507,003 dollars
for
$
whales
It's the biggest animal ever!

works cited

Nat Geo Wild.(2012). Blue Whale. Animals, facts, mammals, National Geographic. Retrieved from http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/blue-whale/ (may 24)
Cool Antarctica.(2001). Blue Whale - Balaenoptera musculus. Whaling pictures, whales species blue. Retrieved from http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/wildlife/whales/blue_whale.htm (may 25)

Blue Whale (Balsenoptera musculus)
more works cited
Laura Klappenbach. (2012.) Blue Whale - Balaenoptera musculus. About.com, Animals/Wildlife. Retrieved from http://animals.about.com/cs/mammals/p/bluewhale.htm (5/21/12)
a-z animals. (2012.) Blue Whale. a-z animals, animals. Retrieved from http://a-z-animals.com/animals/blue-whale/ (5/28/12)

even more works cited
Mingan Island Cetacean Study. (2011.) Save the Whales. Blue-Whale.info. Retrieved from http://www.blue-whale.info/Save_the_Whales.html (6/3/12)
by Yazelle Briannai Lomeli
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