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Species: Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
Scientific classification: marine mammal
Kingdom Animalia (animals)
Phylum Chordata (vertebrates)
Class Mammalia (mammals)
Order Cetacea (whales and dolphins)
Suborder Mysticeti (baleen whales)
Family Balaenopteridae
Genus Balaenoptera
Species musculus

Physical characteristics: Big as a Boeing 737
Size : 25 metres. 120 tons. females are bigger
weight16-18.5 tonnes and males
Population and distribution: t is estimated that there are about 10,000-14,000 blue whales world-wide
Habitat: all the oceans
Behaviour:
Feeding: plankton and krill
Life cycle: 35-40 years
Breeding / Reproduction: getation 11-12 months. newborn 6-8 tons kg
Social structure: small groups and swim in pairs
Predation and danger: orcas attack blue whales
Relationship with humans:
Interesting facts: can dive one hour. swim 32 km/hour and the loudest animals on earth. the sound: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/sound01/background/seasounds/seasounds.html#blue