FC: The Blue Whale Tale | By: Deja Sanders
1: Table Of Contents | Pages 2-3 Physical Description Pages 4-5 Habitat Pages 6-7 Reproduction Pages 8-9 Diet Pages 10-11 Fun Facts Pages 12-13 Why Are They Important? Pages 14-15 Conservation Pages 16-17 Pictures
2: My Name is... | Balaenoptera Musculus (Blue Whale)
3: What do I look like? | - Largest animal on Earth - Blue-gray color with light gray spots - Small dorsal fins - Long thin pectoral flippers - Extended throat to the navel
4: Where do I live? | - Found mostly in cold/Temperate waters - Prefers deeper ocean waters to coastal waters. - Feeds in cool waters at high latitudes, - Generally migrates to warmer temperate/Tropical waters to breed and give birth, - Continental Shelves - Ice fronts
6: How do I reproduce? | - Females give birth to calves every 2-3 years - Pregnant for a year before giving birth - Calve is up to 23 feet long - Nursing whales produce 50 gallons of milk a day - Nursing is long,provides for a high probability of survival in the wild - K strategist
8: I'M HUNGRY! What's For Dinner? | - Krill - Squid - Octopus - Plankton - Copepads - Schooling Fish - Crustaceans Euphausiids
10: FUN FACTS! | Live up to almost 30-45 years | Predators- humans, killer whales
11: Carnivores | Heterotroph - cannot fix carbon and use organic carbon for growth | Reach sexual maturity between 10-15 years old
12: Why Are Whales Important? | When it comes to the environment and the oceans ecosystem whales help regulate the flow of food by helping to maintain a stable food chain and ensuring that certain animal species do not overpopulate the ocean. Blue whales poop consists of minerals that stimulate the growth of phytoplankton, which provides a cleaner/healthier growth for all plants and animals to breathe in.
13: What If we became instinct? | Blue whales is extinct: | krill becomes overpopulated zooplankton becomes extinct | algae with overgrow | krill will eat the plankton, and eventually plankton will become extinct, which throws off the entire underwater food chain.
14: SAVE ME! | About 20,000 blue whales left! | Pollution increase | Massive hunting
15: Blue whales are threatened by environmental change including habitat loss, toxics, and climate change in the Antarctic. Blue whales can also be harmed by ship strikes and by becoming entangled in fishing gear.