How Much Does a Blue Whale’s Tongue Weigh?

Blue whales are the largest creatures on Earth weighing up to 200 tons (181 metric tons), and a blue whale’s tongue weighs over two tons (2000 kg) or approximately the same weight as an elephant. The large mammal mainly eats krill, a sea creature similar to shrimp, and has been found to consume up to 4 tons (3.6 metric tons) of krill per day. In addition to being the largest mammal, blue whales are the loudest--the noises they use to communicate with one another have been found to travel over 1,000 miles (1,600 km) and measure 188 decibels, louder than a jet.

More about the blue whale:

  • There are only around 9,000 blue whales in existence and the species is considered endangered after an estimated 360,000 were slaughtered from 1900 through the 1960s.
  • The blue whale’s heart is around the size of a small car.
  • At birth, the blue whale weighs around 6,000 pounds (2,700 kg) and gains weight at a rate of around 200 pounds (91 kilograms) each day until it reaches the age of one.
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The funny thing about whales is that in spite of the fact that they live in the ocean, they are mammals. Sure, there are a lot of fish in the sea, but in this case, whales are definitely an exception.


In relation to the first bullet point, considering how only nine thousand whales exist now, I'm assuming that number won't go down any lower, right? After all, even though people used to hunt whales in the 1900s, harpooning is illegal in this day and age. These laws are definitely a step in the right direction, and we need some more of these, in order to discourage of the hunting of whales and other sea creatures.


Unless we're traveling out in the ocean, we really don't seem whales too often. However, they're definitely one of Earth's finest creatures. Also, it's quite amazing that their communication noises can travel such long distances. They can definitely be intimidating to look at, but I'm assuming that they're generally harmless, as long as they don't feel threatened of course.

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