Blue Whale
Blue whale
Adult Blue Whale
Blue whale size-2
Size compared to an average human
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Clade: Cetancodontamorpha
Suborder: Whippomorpha
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Balaenopteridae
Genus: Balaenoptera
Species: B. musculus
Binomial name
Balaenoptera musculus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Blue whale range
Range of B. musculus

Blue Whale, Balaenoptera musculus is a species of rorqual whale in the Balaenoptera genus. They are a cosmopolitan species, being found in every ocean.

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This is the largest animal to live on the Earth. It is 33 metres (108 ft) long and weighs 260,145 pounds (118.000 t).[2]

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  1. ^ Reilly, S.B., Bannister, J.L., Best, P.B., Brown, M., Brownell Jr., R.L., Butterworth, D.S., Clapham, P.J., Cooke, J., Donovan, G.P., Urbán, J. & Zerbini, A.N. (2008). Balaenoptera musculus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 27 July 2013.
  2. ^ Gilpin, Daniel (2011). The Complete Illustrated Guide to Animals, Birds and Fish of the British Isles. Hermes House. ISBN 1846815447 Check |isbn= value: checksum (help). 

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