Subject: blue whale heart

roman (jroman@GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU)
Wed, 03 Mar 1999 17:21:42 +0100

>     Dear Mr. Roman,   How much does a blue whale's heart weigh?   Thank
>You, Ben Johnston

Dear Ben:

According to Japanese research, a blue whale's heart is about 0.5 % of its
total body weight, or approximately 1000 pounds in a 200,000 pound whale.
They need a big heart to move all their blood--more than 15,000 pints.

Best,

Joe

Joseph Roman
University of Florida
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
PO Box 12253
Gainesville, FL 32604
(352) 379-8096
jroman@ufl.edu