How much does a whale weigh?

Evgeny Fogov
Evgeny Fogov
March 25, 2015
How much does a whale weigh?

Cetaceans are the largest animals on the planet. Their diversity is not as great as it was before. This is due to the mass extermination of whales. At the moment, the number of the largest, blue whales, is only ten thousand individuals.

In this article we will talk about how much the whale weighs.

Mass of whales

  • One of the largest whales on the planet is the bowhead whale. Adult weighs 75 tons. Some of them can reach 150 tons.
  • Quite heavy is the fintail, whose mass can reach 70 tons.
  • Bryde's whales are relatively large in mass, and reach masses in the range of 25 tons. Seivalas weigh about the same, although some individuals can reach 30 tons.
  • But the largest is the Blue Whale, which can reach a mass in excess of 150 tons. That is how much the biggest whale weighs. Just imagine, his tongue alone weighs 4 tons! For a long time this whale was hunted in the world fishery. It was only at the end of the 20th century that the ban on catching blue and other whale species began to take effect.
  • The smallest in mass are dwarf whales.Usually they weigh no more than three and a half tons.
  • It should also be noted that whales include the so-called toothed whales, among which are dolphins. Their weight, as a rule, does not exceed one and a half tons. For example, white whales hang within two tons, narwhals within one and a half tons. Guinea pigs that weigh about 100 kg also belong to the toothed whales.