I’ll let the video speak for itself. They were interrupted unexpectedly by a giant blue whale surfacing in their midst.
The blue whale is the most massive animal that ever lived, weighing in at as much as 400,000 pounds. That’s equal to almost 27 male African elephants. More than any dinosaur that ever walked the earth. They range up to 98 feet long.
In spite of their great size, they are slender, agile, and beautiful creatures, as you can see.
It’s body can be various shades of bluish-grey on top and lighter underneath. It is a gentle creature and eats almost exclusively small crustaceans about the size of a dime, known as krill. As much as 8,000 pounds a day of little shrimp-like animals every day!
If a blue whale could eat the flesh of larger animals — which it can’t do — you’d just make a tiny snack for it!
The blue whale is a baleen whale. This means it has a set of filters called baleen in it’s mouth instead of teeth. When it finds krill, it takes in great gulps of water and strains it back out through the baleen to filter out the tiny creatures. Thus the largest animal ever known survives by eating huge numbers of one of the smallest.
There were at least hundreds of thousands of blue whales around the Earth until the beginning of the twentieth century, with approximately 239,000 in the Antarctic alone and tens or hundreds of thousands in each of the other oceans. Probably well over a million in all. Then they were hunted almost to extinction before they were finally protected by international treaty in 1966. A 2002 report estimated there were only 5,000 to 12,000 blue whales worldwide at that time, which means we had killed off more than 99% of them!
On the optimistic side, the California subspecies is now reported to have rebounded to nearly its pre-hunting population.
Here’s more. Unfortunately, the quality of the video isn’t the best in spots; but it’s definitely worth watching.