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Blue Whale

marine life of Namibia

Introduction: The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest of all living mammals. To put it's size into perspective, it is the length of 5 African elephants trunk to tail. It is not a deep diver and usually stays under water for only 10 min. They occur singly or in groups of 2 or 3, but pods of up to 12 have been observed.

Distribution: All oceans of the world and on the continental shelf. It can be seen off the coast of Namibia in the winter, although sightings are seldom.

Diet: It feeds exclusively in summer on krill (up to 8 tonnes a day).

Colouring: Dark bluish-grey body, mottled with light grey blotches. The belly and sides are paler than the back and the underside of the flipper is characteristically white.

Breeding: Mating and calving usually occur between May and July. A single calf is born after a gestation period of 11 months. It is suckled for 7 months.

Size: Length 26m although they can grow as large as 33m. Weight 110t. Calves are around 7.5m long and weigh around 2.5 tonnes

Marine Life | Namibia

  • Namibia Marine Life: Blue Whale
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