The collective noun for a group of whales is a pod. Since many kinds of whales are social, they can often be found in pods made up of their relatives or even unrelated whales.Continue Reading
Whales that are most often seen in pods are toothed whales such as the killer whale. Killer whale pods are led by a matriarch who can live into her 80s or 90s. Their ways of hunting and interacting with each other are extremely sophisticated and complex.
On the other hand, baleen whales such as blue whales are mostly solitary. The exception to this is a mother with her calf.Learn more about Marine Mammals
A baby whale is a calf, his mother is a cow and his father is a bull, and together, the family is a pod. Baby whales grow in the mother's uterus from 10 to 18 months, depending on the species. A calf receives nutrients in utero through an umbilical cord.Full Answer >
Right whales primarily feed upon zooplankton, a type of plankton consisting of mostly microscopic live animals. These include tiny crustaceans such as copepods and krill; pteropoda; free-swimming sea slugs and sea snails; and cyprid, which are the mobile larvae of barnacles.Full Answer >
Whales can eat anything from plankton to krill, fish, giant squid or other whales. What a whale eats depends on whether it has teeth or baleen.Full Answer >
Dolphins are members of the Odontoceti, a suborder of cetaceans - that is, all whales, dolphins and porpoises - that means "toothed whales." There are approximately 40 species of dolphins and all are carnivores, primarily subsisting on fish and cephalopods.Full Answer >