Schleich - Blue whale
With a length of 33 metres and weighing 200 tons, blue whales are probably the largest animals that have ever lived on Earth.
- Binomial name: Balaenoptera musculus
- Conservations status: Endangered [en]
- Global Home: North Atlantic, Pacific Ocean
- Primary Habitat: Sea
Whales have their "nostrils" on their back. These are called blowholes.
Blue whales are the largest and heaviest animals that have ever lived on Earth. These mammals can weigh more than 200 tons and grow over 33 metres long. They are named after their blue and grey-ish colouring on their upper side. Their underside is usually anywhere from white to yellowish. Blue whales are baleen whales, using their baleen plates to filter plankton from water. During summertime, a blue whale feeds on up to 3.5 tons of plankton each day.