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Humpback whale breaching. Courtesy of NOAA.

Whale Fun Facts:

  • Blue whales on the surface. Photo credit: NOAA's Sanctuaries Collection. Dan Shapiro.The gray whale seasonally migrates throughout the Pacific from Alaska to the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.

  • Whales, dolphins, and porpoises are all part of the same biological order Cetacea.

  • Baleen whales (like the humpback and gray whales) are the largest whales but eat small shrimp-like animals called krill. A single whale can eat several tons of krill every day.
Source: All information from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce).

Last Updated: October 2010