Selasa, Mei 24, 2005

Blue Whale

The Blue Whale is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen  whales.  Blue Whales are believed to be the largest animal ever to have  lived, at up to 30 metres in length and 140 tonnes or more in weight.  Blue Whales were abundant in most oceans around the world up until the  beginning of the twentieth century.  For the first 40 years of that  century they were hunted by whalers almost to extinction.  Hunting of  the species was outlawed by the international community in 1966.  The  current world population is between three and four thousand  individuals.  These are located in four (or possibly five) groups.  The  largest is in the North-East Pacific.  There are two groups in the  North Atlantic and one in Antarctic waters.  Blue Whales found in the  Indian Ocean may or may not be part of the Antarctic group.

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