Blue WhaleAmong all of the whale species in the world one of the most fascinating may very well be the blue whale and here are a few facts to show you why.

1. The blue whale is the largest living creature on earth!

2. The longest blue whale ever recorded was 108 feet in length.

3. Blue whales can tip the scales at 100-150 tons in weight and the females are usually heavier.

4. Blue whales can swim up to 30 miles per hour but usually cruise at about 12 miles per hour.

5. Blue whale calves normally weigh about 3 tons and are 20-30 feet in length.

6. Early sailors called the blue whale ‘sulfur bottoms’ because of the yellowish green color caste they saw on the whale’s underside. The color was produced from the collection of microorganisms called diatoms in the cold waters of the Antarctic, North Pacific and North Atlantic regions.

7. Some blue whales even have barnacles attached to them!

8. Blue whales can blow water up to 20 feet high in the air.

9. Blue whales make noises so deep that they can communicate across hundreds of miles of ocean.

10. The average length of pregnancy for a blue whale is a year.