Posts tagged with Blue whale

Two blue whale hearts

Whale lab in the exhibition

Two blue whale hearts Enjoying the inside of the life-size model of a blue whale heart The model of the blue whale heart in the Whales|Tohorā exhibition is the actual size of a blue whale’s heart! That’s about the size of a small car… The heart model is one of the most popular parts of… Read more »

Big blue whales in Canterbury

New Zealand’s biggest blue whale is one of the highlights of the Canterbury Museum’s collection. For many years visitors to Canterbury Museum could see the largest blue whale skeleton on display anywhere in the world. The 26.5 metre long whale was stranded at Okarito, on the South Island’s West Coast, in 1908. After preparation, the… Read more »

Whales Fab Fact 6

Blue whale cartoon

Whales Fab Fact 5: big is big… Big whales mean big genitals! A blue whale’s penis can be 3 metres (10 feet) long and 30 centimetres (12 inches) in diameter. The testicles of a blue whale can weigh 45 kilograms (100 pounds) each! Ka whai taihemahema nui ngā tohorā nui! E 3 mita pea te… Read more »

Whales Fab Fact 4

Whales Fab Fact 4: Whale babies Blue whales have the biggest babies in the world! They are more than 7 metres (23 feet) long at birth and weigh 2722 kilograms (3 tons). Did you know? Baby whales don’t suckle like humans. The mother whale forces milk out of her nipple hidden in the mammary slit…. Read more »

Whales Fab Fact 3

Blue whale and a 737

Whales Fab Fact 3: blue whales are big! The blue whale is one of the biggest animals that ever lived on earth. It grows up to 30 metres (98 feet) long and can weigh over 150 tonnes (165 tons). Despite their enormous size, very little is known about blue whales. Their routes through the ocean… Read more »

Whales Fab Fact 2

Whales Fab Fact 2: Whale Sounds Blue whales make sounds below 20 hertz – so low that humans can’t hear them. Ka whakaputa oro te tohorā kahurangi i raro i te 20 waeine iarere – e kore e taea aua oro te rongo e te tangata. Blue whale cartoon by Anton van Helden Hector’s dolphins… Read more »