- Name: Blue Whale
- Binomial Name: Balaenoptera musculus
- Lifespan: Between 80 and 90 years (wild)
- Diet: Carnivorous
- Range: All Major Oceans
- Length: Up to 92 feet
- Weight: Between 50 and 150 short tons
15 Blue Whale Facts for Kids
- A blue whale is a baleen whale.
- The binomial name for a blue whale is Balaenoptera musculus.
- An adult blue whale can live between 80 and 90 years in the wild.
- An adult blue whale can weigh between 100,000 and 300,000 pounds.
- Blue whales are carnivorous.
- Blue whales feed almost entirely on krill, along with copepods and certain types of zooplankton.
- A male blue whale is called a bull.
- A female blue whale is a called a cow.
- A young blue whale is called a calf.
- Blue whales have a heart the size of a motor vehicle and a tongue that weighs the same as an adult elephant.
- A blue whale can swim up to 20 miles per hour.
- Blue whales are the largest animals ever known, both living and extinct, on our planet.
- In 2002, the blue whale population was estimated to be between 5,000 and 12,000 worldwide.
- In the 20th century whale hunting reduced the population of blue whales by more than 99%.
- The IUCN conservation status for blue whales is listed as endangered.
Blue Whale Pictures
A photo of a blue whale.
Credit: Mike Johnson
A photo of a blue whale’s blowhole.
Credit: Kylie Owen
A photo of a blue whale feeding.
Credit: Slater Moore / YouTube
Additional Resources on Blue Whales
- Blue Whale – The National Wildlife Federation – Explore facts and information about the blue whale on the National Wildlife Federation website.
- Blue Whale – World Wild Life – Find more blue whale facts for kids on the World Wild Life website.
- Blue Whale – National Geographic – Learn more cool facts about blue whales on the National Geographic website.
- Blue Whale – Wikipedia – Discover more awesome things about the blue whale on the Wikipedia website.