10 Fun Whale Facts

Humpback Whale
Humpback whale photo by Michael Dawes.

If you want to learn more about whales, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some facts about whales that you might not have known! Did you know that…

  • The Blue Whale is the largest known mammal that has ever lived, with a length of up to 105ft long and weight of 150 tons. That’s the weight equivalent of 150 small cars!
  • Whales are mammals, which means they need to come up for air, unlike fish which can breathe underwater.
  • Male whales are called bulls, and females are called cows. Their young are called calves.
  • Most of the whales we see on our whale watches don’t have teeth! Instead, they have baleen, plates that filter out small fish from water. They then swallow their food whole.
  • Baleen whales include humpback whales, right whales, blue whales, and fin whales. These are whales without teeth.
  • Female baleen whales are larger than males.
  • Humpback whales are easy to tell apart by the markings on the underside of their tail fins. Each one has a unique pattern on his or her tail.
  • Humpback whales only eat in summer, feeding off their fat reserves during the winter.
  • Orcas, also known as Killer Whales, are some of the top predators in the marine world. They feed mostly on fish, but some hunt seals, sea lions, and walruses.
  • Some cultures see whales as divine beings, such as in some places in Ghana and the Vietnamese, who occasionally hold funerals for beached whales.
  • Pilot Whales and Killer Whales may have the word “whale” in their name, but for classification purposes, they are actually considered dolphins.

To learn more fun facts about whales, subscribe to our blog or just come out for a whale watch with us in Provincetown. And if you have any whale questions, leave a comment and we’ll be happy to answer!

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45 Responses to “10 Fun Whale Facts”

  1. hey hey cool whale

    ayensha - June 1st, 2010 at 1:09 AM

  2. a whale can eat up to 1 ton of food a day!!

    mya - November 16th, 2011 at 10:40 AM

  3. the whales are cool

    rachel - November 17th, 2011 at 11:22 AM

  4. nice cool awesome whale photo

    mathew - November 24th, 2011 at 6:15 PM


    lenneya - November 24th, 2011 at 6:18 PM

  6. Great list and nice photo.

    patricio - January 18th, 2012 at 1:12 PM

  7. i like it
    it has great pictures and facts 🙂 <3

    kennedy - February 18th, 2012 at 9:32 PM

  8. Pilot and Killer whales are considered dolphins? Aren’t dolphins technically small whales? So these whales are whales?

    kach - June 4th, 2012 at 2:28 AM


    aimee - July 2nd, 2012 at 8:04 AM

  10. Hey whales are cool.AND I NEVER THOUGHT SO!!!!!!;-:-)

    clarisse - November 15th, 2012 at 11:55 AM

  11. Thanks for helping me do my homeworkk.

    clarisse - November 15th, 2012 at 12:06 PM

  12. GREAT FACTS!!!!!!!!

    clarisse - November 15th, 2012 at 12:10 PM

  13. thanks helped with my project

    kayla - January 28th, 2013 at 2:21 PM

  14. ♥♥ i like the facts on this it’s really does help.. well it helped me ALOT with my project i’m on humpback whales

    kayla - January 28th, 2013 at 2:25 PM

  15. The facts on this website I think is going to help me ALOT in school because we are learning about breaching. I think this is going to help a lot thank you!

    lauren - January 30th, 2013 at 7:40 PM

  16. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! i am doing reasearch on pilot whales so if you could do more facts about pilot whales that would be AWESOME for school!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

    jared - February 11th, 2013 at 2:40 PM

  17. OMG thank u so much this helped me so much with me homework can u do one about good things about whaling too cuz I have a project coming up about that

    Me - March 26th, 2013 at 3:57 AM

  18. Awesome!!!

    Zoe - April 5th, 2013 at 11:35 AM

  19. Thanks it helped on my project!!

    Emma - May 1st, 2013 at 6:30 PM

  20. Whale suck and are fat

    Bob - May 3rd, 2013 at 3:48 PM

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    lucy - May 13th, 2013 at 2:36 AM

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    ALLISON - May 27th, 2013 at 5:40 AM

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  24. Thnx that really helps my homework!!!!!!!!!! I luv whales! My fav is the humpback and the beluga whale!!!!!!!

    Roxy - June 17th, 2013 at 2:14 PM

  25. Thnx that really helps my english homework!!!!!!!!!! I luv whales! My fav is the humpback and the beluga whale!!!!!!!

    Roxy - June 17th, 2013 at 2:15 PM

  26. thank you for helping to do my homework

    Sandeep shakya - July 30th, 2013 at 8:27 AM

  27. that’s so cool! that helped a lot for school!!!

    puppylover - September 30th, 2013 at 7:03 PM

  28. love these the facts!!! <3<3

    puppylover - September 30th, 2013 at 7:04 PM

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    puppylover - October 1st, 2013 at 12:10 PM

  30. cool helps me a lot

    faneeza hussain - October 2nd, 2013 at 7:33 PM

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    josh - November 23rd, 2013 at 9:33 AM

  32. This helped so much thanks! Whales are so cool!

    Jasper - February 7th, 2014 at 8:03 AM

  33. Awalle is an amphibia that gives life to there young ones ,but how do they feedback there young ones. Do they feed on water or Brestfeeding??.

    Kateregga Ashim - April 24th, 2014 at 1:08 PM

  34. I like these facts

    Angel Diaz - June 3rd, 2014 at 7:38 AM

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    Nyneve - June 12th, 2014 at 10:52 PM

  36. This website is so awesome! I needed facts about whales for my project and this helped immensely!

    Abbie - August 2nd, 2014 at 8:41 PM

  37. I don’t get it I need to know what a Narwhal is but it won’t tell me anyone know coz I don’t

    humaira hussain - September 7th, 2014 at 5:58 AM

  38. how does this help

    keli - October 13th, 2014 at 6:07 PM

  39. not at all im in 6th grade and it doesn’t make it any better

    keli - October 13th, 2014 at 6:08 PM

  40. I have a living organism report it sucks really really bad

    keli - October 13th, 2014 at 6:09 PM

  41. Whales are thebomb.com

    diddlydumm - November 19th, 2014 at 12:16 PM

  42. Whales are thebomb.com yo

    diddlydumm - November 19th, 2014 at 12:16 PM

  43. I never knew stuff like this

    Nyla Pate - January 15th, 2015 at 5:02 PM

  44. They have attacked hnamus, but no predatory attacks .I think that we just don’t look appetizing too them every animal has they’re tastes.Also we don’t look or act like they’re prey.We are usually not in the water with them anyway.

    Vadestino - November 11th, 2015 at 6:08 PM


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