We all are aware of how gigantic an adult elephant is. It is the largest animal on the land. However, it is the whale that is larger than the elephant and is the largest sea creature. The largest creature on Earth is the Antarctic Blue Whale. The whale is found in all oceans of the world. It has two categories – the baleen whale and the toothed whale. The baleen whale features baleen plates in its mouth. These kinds of whales include humpback and blue whales. The baleen plates aid in the filtering and consumption of massive amounts of small fish. On the other hand, the orcas and the beluga are toothed whales, and have teeth, unlike the baleen whale.
The whale is unimaginably massive. When compared to a human, the latter will look tiny. An adult whale is sixteen times larger than the average human size. The whale has two huge sides and a back. It is so heavy that its weight equals that of over twenty-three elephants.
No matter where it is going, the whale is always on the lookout for a good meal. It sustains on small fish and other sea creatures. ‘There’s always a bigger fish in the sea’ doesn’t apply to the whale, thanks to its sheer size. It predominantly survives on krill, a type of small fish. However, the diet of some whales also includes other sea creatures, such as copepod crustaceans and small fish. Although it is uncommon for a whale to hunt a shark, it happens sometimes. The Blue Whale eats over four tons of krill every day for it to get the energy for swimming.
The whale, according to studies, is quite brainy. Their advanced abilities include recognising, remembering, reasoning, communicating, perceiving, adapting to change, problem-solving and understanding. Thus, the whale is believed to be a deep thinker and is said to be smart. Furthermore, it usually avoids humans and does not display aggressive behaviour towards them. It runs away at the sight of them. However, should it suspect danger, it grows furious and attacks humans.
The Blue Whale is the biggest. It is among the mammals with long lifespans. The typical life span of a blue whale in the wild is 80 to 90 years, the longest of any mammal ever. The oldest blue whale ever recorded was 180 years old. Even baby whales are larger and heavier than adult elephants.
Overall, the whale is a unique sea creature. It teaches us us to make a splash and to keep moving with grace and beauty.