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Ocean world, American Museum of Natural History, NYC © Vidya Sury

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October Six Word Photo Story Challenge: “Site or Sight”

Name the largest mammal on earth!

Last week, I visited the American Museum of Natural History. What a delightful experience! Now, I love museums, and since it was raining, figured I’d spend the day indoors.

Had the best time exploring the exhibits. When I got to “Ocean World” I was dazzled by the site/sights. Besides the section with ocean life, this large two-level area with displays along the perimeter housed the star of the show.

Did you know that blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth? They grow to 100 feet long and weigh over 200 tons. Their tongues alone can balance the scale with an elephant! And their hearts, as heavy as an automobile. Their age is determined by their earwax. Lifespan is 80–90 years, eating 4 tons of food a day.

No dieting here, baby!

Talking of babies, the baby blue whale is 3 tons 25 feet at birth, gaining 200 pounds every day during its first year.

Blue whales have one of the loudest calls in the animal kingdom at 188 decibels. Louder than a jackhammer or a jet engine.

Sadly, whale hunting in the1900s for whale oil nearly made them extinct, with 360000 blue whales being slaughtered. They are now being protected, but recovery is slow.

Thank you Mary Chang Story Writer 💕

Thank you Sandi Parsons 💕

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