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How Do Whales Compare In Weight And Height?

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How Do Whales Compare In Weight And Height?

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Posted October 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM (Answer #1)

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The largest species (a group of organisms that share a special set of characteristics) of whales, the blue whale is also the largest animal to ever live. Specimens up to 100 feet (3 meters) in length have been recorded.

Whale Average weight Tons Greatest length Kilograms Feet Meters
Blue 84 76, 204 98.4 30
Finback 50 45,360 82 25
Bowhead 50 45,360 59 18
Right 50 (est.) 45,360 (est.) 55.7 17
Sperm 35 31,752 59 18
Humpback 33 29,937 49.2 15
Gray 20 18,144 39.3 12
Sei 17 15,422 49.2 15
Bryde's 17 15,422 49.2 15
Minke 10 9,072 29.5 9

Source: Duxbury, Alyn C., and Alison Duxbury. An Introduction to the World's Oceans, pp. 438-39.

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