ELA 3: All About Blue Whales

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 GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School3rd Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

00:24

Yup, even bigger than the dinosaurs.

00:26

If there was a “Biggest Loser: Animal Edition,” this guy would have the most to lose.

00:31

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]

00:36

big as a car.

00:37

Which explains why they’re able to love so hard.

00:40

Even being as big as it is, a blue whale eats the smallest ocean animals, called krill.

00:46

Too bad they don’t have opposable thumbs, or they might actually grill up some krill [Whale grilling krill on barbecue]

00:49

on the weekends.

00:50

The blue whale is a baleen whale…

00:52

…which means that, instead of teeth, it has bristly plates that helps it filter out

00:56

plankton and krill from the seawater.

00:58

It’s basically a giant Brita pitcher. [whale opening mouth]

01:00

Unlike some other whales, blue whales rarely swim in a pod.

01:04

Instead, they usually swim alone or with one other partner. [A blue whale and a partner appears above]

01:07

Same goes for their dancing habits.

01:08

Blue whales are some of the loudest communicators in the world…

01:12

…but because of the extremely low pitch, humans are not able to hear them without special

01:16

technology.

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Not that we’d want to hear them normally.

01:19

Who needs all that noise? [Man holding his ears with his hands at the beach]

01:20

Female blue whales usually only breed once every three years, and typically only have

01:25

one baby.

01:26

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]

01:30

Baby blue whales drink their mother’s milk, just like other mammals.

01:33

Unlike some mammals, however, they do not later develop a taste for Red Bull.

01:37

Because of their size, blue whales don’t have many predators, besides some sharks and

01:41

killer whales. [Killer whales pack hunting a blue whale]

01:42

Many blue whales are injured by ships, though.

01:44

Especially those steered by color blind, peg-legged captains…