Blue whale Essay

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blue whale



The Blue Whale
The blue whale or balaenoperta musclus is the largest animal to ever have lived on Earth.
Whalers have reported this whale to being over 100 feet long and weighing over 150 tons!
The blue whale is a mammal, because it has milk, hair, and the embryo develops in the
mothers womb. The blue whale is a type of baleen whale. The blue whale eats mostly
plankton and crustaceans like krill or copecods. The blue whale is located in the Atlantic
Ocean. The smaller species of the blue whale, known as the pygmy blue whale, live in the
Indian Ocean. The reason this whales population has dropped so dramatically is because of
the first whaling expeditions. The whalers killed thousands of blue whales, and their
numbers have been rising very slowly since that time period. The estimated numbers for
the blue whale is at about 7,000 through 13,000, which are very low and make this animal
endangered. Whales are now protected throughout the world by whale laws because their
numbers were so low. In 1946 the International Whale Commissions (IWC) was set up to put
guidelines on whaling nations. Unfortunately, they waited too late for the blue whale
because their numbers were so low. If it wasn't for the caring people of IWC and other
animal rights activist these gentle animals would probably be extinct. Some interesting
facts about the blue whale is that, their oil was used for perfume, lubrications, soap,
and candy. The blue whale is almost extinct in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. To
stop this from happening to any other species of whale, the United States listed a number
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