A heart as big as a car, tongue the weigt of an elephant; the Blue whale is the largest animal ever known to have lived on the face of the earth.
The blue whale is the largest animal on the planet, weighing as much as 200 tons (approximately 33 elephants). The blue whale has a heart the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Its stomach can hold one ton of krill and it needs to eat about four tons of krill each day. They are the loudest animals on Earth and are even louder than a jet engine. Their calls reach 188 decibels, while a jet reaches 140 decibels. Their low frequency whistle can be heard for hundreds of miles and is probably used to attract other blue whales.
CONSERVATION STATUS Blue whales have been classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List since the list was created. HABITAT Wild, deep oceans world wide. LENGTH About 25 metres for an adult, but longer have been seen! INTERESTING FACT Known enemies of the blue whale are pods of orca, sharks, and poaching from humans, they are also known to have been damaged or killed in collisions with large vessels.
Like other large whales, blue whales are threatened by environmental change including habitat loss and toxics. Blue whales can also be harmed by ship strikes and by becoming entangled in fishing gear. Although commercial whaling no longer represents a threat, climate change and its impact on krill (shrimp-like crustaceans), blue whales' major prey, makes this cetacean particularly vulnerable.
Loreto offers magnificent opportunities to view Great Whales. Loreto is a world-class blue whale observation destination.