Whale Heart Size

From: Kim Marshall (kimm@oceanalliance.org)
Date: Sat Mar 18 2000 - 14:46:52 EST

Dear Kristine,

Question: how big is a whales heart?
Reply: REferring to adult blue whales, they reach lengths of 100ft or more,
are longer than 3 trains cars or 30 elephants, weigh as much as 24 full
grown elephants -150 tons, their heart is the size of Volkswagen bug or big
as pony,a 5 yr old could crawl through an artery, weighs 190 tons, dinosaur
could fit into mouth, 190 gallons of blood- lungs of a blue whale can hold
more air than a bedroom, the tongue of blue whale weighs as much as more
than a Brontosauruses which could fit in its mouth easily. A baby blue
calf, average length 22 ft, 2 1/2 tons at birth, can gain 200 lbs per day,
8 lbs hr, can drink 2.5 gallons of milk 50 times a day!

Whale Conservation Institute/Ocean Alliance
191 Weston Road, Lincoln, MA
(781) 259-0423

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