The first 3 giant whale vertebra pictured here are from the Giant Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus). They consist of 2 Lumbar and 1 Cervical vertebra.
1 30x25x11 inches
2 43x30x13 inches
3 41x19x6 inches
These are replicas of Blue Whale lumbar vertebra. The blue whale is the largest animal that ever lived on Earth. It is also the loudest animal on Earth. These enormous mammals eat tiny organisms, like plankton and krill, which they sieve through baleen. They live in pods (small groups). Blue whales are rorqual whales, whales that have pleated throat grooves that allow their throat to expand during the huge intake of water during filter feeding. Blue whales have 50-70 throat grooves that run from the throat to mid-body. Blue whales grow to be about 80 feet (25 m) long on average, weighing about 120 tons. The largest specimen found was a female 94 feet (29 m) long weighing more 174 tons. The females are larger than males, as with all baleen whales. The largest of the blue whales (150 tons) has a heart that weighs about 1,000 pounds and has 14,000 pounds of blood circulating in its body. The heart is about the size of a Volkswagon bug car. A human could crawl through the aorta (a major blood vessel).
The 4th vertebra shown here is the Atlas of the Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus). The Fin Whale also called the Finback Whale, Razorback, or Common Rorqual, is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. It is the second largest whale and the second largest living animal after the Blue Whale, growing to nearly 27 meters (88 ft) long.
Long and slender, the Fin Whale's body is brownish-grey with a paler underside. There are at least two distinct subspecies: the Northern Fin Whale of the North Atlantic, and the larger Antarctic Fin Whale of the Southern Ocean. It is found in all the world's major oceans, from polar to tropical waters. It is absent only from waters close to the ice pack at both the north and south poles and relatively small areas of water away from the open ocean. The highest population density occurs in temperate and cool waters. Its food consists of small schooling fish, squid, and crustaceans including mysids and krill.
4 21x13x6 inches
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