Although the amount of time that a whale can hold its breath varies by species, the beaked whale can hold its breath for up to 2 hours. The sperm whale can hold its breath for up to 90 minutes.Continue Reading
The secret to the whale's capability for holding its breath lies in its specially developed breathing system that allows it to absorb up to 90 percent of the oxygen breathed in. By contrast, humans only absorb around 15 percent.
According to the University of California, Santa Barbara ScienceLine, whales breathe in through blowholes on the tops of their heads. Because the whale only breathes at the surface, it has evolved with the ability to choose when to breathe and cannot breathe underwater.Learn more about Marine Mammals
Depending upon the species, a whale's stomach can be enormous, holding up to 2,200 pounds of food in the case of the blue whale. This whale's main diet consists of krill and copepods filtered through stiff, comb-like teeth called baleen plates.Full Answer >
Blue whales are the largest whales. They are 100 feet long and weigh more than 200 tons. The heart of a blue whale is the size of an automobile, and the tongue weighs about as much as an elephant.Full Answer >
Whales are mammals that have an incredibly size range, yet all whales fall between 13 feet long and 90 feet long. The blue whale, the largest known whale or mammal, ranges from around 70 feet to 90 feet. Most other well-known whales, such as the orca, sperm, humpback and minke whale, fall in a range of 20 to 69 feet.Full Answer >
The smallest whale, the dwarf sperm whale, can eat up to 2,204 pounds of food a day. The largest whale, the blue whale, can eat 8,000 to 16,000 pounds of food a day.Full Answer >