Subject: Re: Size

Al Romero (aromero@ACC.FAU.EDU)
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 13:13:41 -0500 (EST)

At 08:07 PM 4/14/97 -0400, you wrote:
>What whale is the largest in length?  Heaviest in weight?

The blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus. The longest specimen ever measured
scientifically in the correct manner (in a straight line from the point of
the upper jaw to the notch in the tail) was almost 34 meters, earlier this
century. Since today's population is very low due to heavy whaling in the
past, it is rare to encounter a blue whale larger than 27 meters in length.

The maximum weight ever recorded was of a 190-tonne female. For the same
reason mentioned above, it is rare to find whales heavier than 160 tons
these days.

Best wishes,

Aldemaro Romero, Ph.D.		
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