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Blue Whale

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The Blue Whale is thought to be the largest mammal to ever live on Earth. At around 30 metres, it is by far the largest living animal on the planet.
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Latin Name: Balaenoptera musculus Conservation Status: Endangered
Distribution: Worldwide, in several groups Average Length: 30 m
Average Weight: 140 tonnes  
 

The Blue Whale is the largest animal on the planet, and as such, the largest member of the baleen whale family of mammals. It is related to the Humpback Whale and the Grey Whale to name a couple. No one knows if the population of Blue Whales have increased or decreased since the ban of whaling. Fairly recent studies (2002) estimate there are currently between 5000 to 12000 Blue Whales worldwide, living in 5 distinct groups.

 

         
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