Facts about Whales for Kids
Top Whale Facts for Kids
The Humpback Whale is a
Photo courtesy of NOAA.
This means that whale calves grow inside their mothers until they are born. Besides, they are nursed and taken care
by their mothers until they reach certain age.
2. Whales breathe air as we do.
Therefore, they need to reach the surface of the ocean to breathe because they cannot breathe
3. To breathe, whales have a blowhole in the top of their
When they reach the surface, they take air in through this blowhole.
4. There are two types of whales, Baleen Whales and Toothed Whales.
There are several species of whales out there, but they are classified according to the way they feed in two
types, baleen whales and toothed whales.
5. Baleen whales feed from krill and plankton.
Krill are shrimp-like creatures which
are very important ocean creatures.
6. Toothed whales feed from fish and small mammals.
Toothed whales eat several kind of fish, like tuna, cod and salmon among others and
some small mammals like seals.
7. The Blue whale
is the largest animal in the world.
The Blue Whale is the
that has ever existed in the world
Photo courtesy of NOAA Fisheries.
Even more, it is the largest animal that has ever existed, even larger than the largest dinosour ever found. The
blue whale is a baleen whale.
8. Some baleen whales sing.
Particularly the blue whales and the
humpback whales are well known for singing.
9. Whales can swim as fast as 30 miles per hour.
10. Some Whales can stay underwater for as long as 90 minutes.
This applies mainly for the sperm whale which can stay underwater for as long as 90
minutes, although a typical dive for other species is around 35 minutes.
11. Whales do not sleep as we do.
To rest, whales sleep only half brain so they remember to take air in, otherwise
they would drown.
12. The most famous story about whales is Moby Dick.
Moby Dick is a novel released in 1851 by Herman