Great whales: Blue whale

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Blue whales are the largest mammals, and possibly the largest animal of any kind to have lived on Earth. A 33-metre long, 190-tonne whale has been seen, but most are smaller than this.

Blues were hunted to the brink of extinction during the 20th Century, before being protected in the mid-1960s.

The most recent abundance estimate for the Southern Hemisphere is 2,300 and there is evidence they are increasing annually by about 7%.

There are no good estimates for numbers in other areas, but there is some evidence of a population increase in the North Atlantic.


International Whaling Commission

International Union for Conservation of Nature

BBC Wildlife Finder

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