Today we're learning all about blue whales. We're honestly a little overwhalemed by their size. A tongue the size of an elephant? Yeesh. And we thought Gene Simmons was scary.
|3rd Grade||Language Arts|
|Elementary and Middle School||3rd Grade|
Yup, even bigger than the dinosaurs.
If there was a “Biggest Loser: Animal Edition,” this guy would have the most to lose.
A blue whale’s tongue alone weighs about as much as an elephant, and its heart is as [Whales heart in the road and car stops]
big as a car.
Which explains why they’re able to love so hard.
Even being as big as it is, a blue whale eats the smallest ocean animals, called krill.
Too bad they don’t have opposable thumbs, or they might actually grill up some krill [Whale grilling krill on barbecue]
on the weekends.
The blue whale is a baleen whale…
…which means that, instead of teeth, it has bristly plates that helps it filter out
plankton and krill from the seawater.
It’s basically a giant Brita pitcher. [whale opening mouth]
Unlike some other whales, blue whales rarely swim in a pod.
Instead, they usually swim alone or with one other partner. [A blue whale and a partner appears above]
Same goes for their dancing habits.
Blue whales are some of the loudest communicators in the world…
…but because of the extremely low pitch, humans are not able to hear them without special
Not that we’d want to hear them normally.
Who needs all that noise? [Man holding his ears with his hands at the beach]
Female blue whales usually only breed once every three years, and typically only have
A newborn baby blue whale is nudged to the surface by its mother to take its first breath. [Baby Blue Whale appears at surface of ocean]
Baby blue whales drink their mother’s milk, just like other mammals.
Unlike some mammals, however, they do not later develop a taste for Red Bull.
Because of their size, blue whales don’t have many predators, besides some sharks and
killer whales. [Killer whales pack hunting a blue whale]
Many blue whales are injured by ships, though.
Especially those steered by color blind, peg-legged captains…