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Curious Danny
216331.  Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:16 am Reply with quote

Over the years, the blue whale has suffered a lot of abuse at the hands of QI. Ridiculed over the fact that its only claim to interestingness is its large size and title of biggest vertebrate ever.

The fightback begins now!

A few nuggets of information:

Despite having the biggest body, it doesn't have the biggest brain. The sperm whale carries that title.
It consumes about 40 million individual krill daily.
The underside sometimes has a yellowish tinge, caused by an algae, which has given the blue whale the nickname of sulphurbottom.
All blue whales stay within a few hundred feet of the top of the water as this is the habitat for krill but we still don't know where they migrate to in the warmer months of the year.

Anybody else got some quite interesting facts about this gargantuan animal?

 
Tas
216333.  Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:19 am Reply with quote

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All blue whales stay within a few hundred feet of the top of the water as this is the habitat for krill but we still don't know where they migrate to in the warmer months of the year.
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Au contraire:

http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/9CEBB858F3F05CEB80256968003B9537

:-)

Tas

 
smiley_face
216337.  Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:23 am Reply with quote

That's very interesting Danny, but do you have some sources, please? :-)

 
Curious Danny
216730.  Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:15 am Reply with quote

Tas wrote:
Quote:
All blue whales stay within a few hundred feet of the top of the water as this is the habitat for krill but we still don't know where they migrate to in the warmer months of the year.
#

Au contraire:

http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/9CEBB858F3F05CEB80256968003B9537

:-)

Tas


If you look at the bottom of the webpage:

Quote:
There have also been reports of blue whales in the Arabian Gulf, off Sri Lanka, and around the Maldives, but very little is known about their movements.


These animals are very difficult to track.

 
themoog
216736.  Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:22 am Reply with quote

I should imagine they have pretty huge 'movements'. (Sorry)

 
Curious Danny
216739.  Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:24 am Reply with quote

Some websites i glanced at:

www.panda.org/about_wwf/what_we_do/species/about_species/species_factsheets/cetaceans/blue_whale/index.cfm
http://whale.wheelock.edu/archives/ask03/0168.html
http://library.thinkquest.org/2946/facts.htm

 
Mulvil
218565.  Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:26 am Reply with quote

I knew a guy who had written on his lab coat "nuke the whales-save the krill"

Quite funny to me!

 
Jamie
221292.  Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:52 pm Reply with quote

I have a blue whale in the family and I find that last reply offensive. Or are some of your best friends blue whales?

 
ali
221380.  Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:13 am Reply with quote

Do you have a whale flap? We have a real problem with stray elephants sneaking in through ours.

 
DaveA
262285.  Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:35 pm Reply with quote

The biggest vertebrate AND the biggest known animal to have ever existed. Quite a record holder.


Does anyone know any theories as to how baleen could have evolved? It's hard to believe it came from teeth. Flamingoes also seive their food, could baleen whales share a common ancestor with flamingoes?

 
themoog
262523.  Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:02 am Reply with quote

As any common ancestor would be before the evolution of birds and mammals I think not but it's a good question.

 
DaveA
262804.  Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:39 am Reply with quote

Given the complexity of baleen, barbed like feathers, and compared to the simplicity of the peglike teeth of the dolphin family, they must have had different ancestors to one another. Even the toothed whales do not have the usual mamalian differentiation (incisors, canines, molars..) so why should their mamalian ancestry not be challenged?

 
Heleendje
363914.  Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:41 am Reply with quote

Hi all,

I know this thread is rather old, but I just stumbled upon this and I thought you might like it :-)

Last chance to see a life size blue whale!

xxx

 
Curious Danny
613637.  Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:35 am Reply with quote

Sad story

 
toxicgeek
1354823.  Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:02 am Reply with quote

I think this site would be right up QI's alley. Or should that be Alan?

Odd place to find one, odder goings-on within.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/malm-whale?

 

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