A captive killer whale at MarineLand discovered it could regurgitate fish onto the surface of the water, attracting sea gulls, and then eat the birds. Four others then learned to copy the behavior.
In 2007, a Bowhead whale was discovered with the head of an explosive harpoon embedded deep under its neck blubber. The projectile was manufactured in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1890.
The blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal. At 188 decibels, the noise can be detected over 800 kilometers away.
An Orca (killer whale) can put a great white shark to sleep by turning it over on it’s back. The Orca then drowns the shark, only to eat the liver and the tongue.
A whale’s ear wax builds up over the course of its life and can be analyzed like tree-rings.
There are whales alive today who were born before Moby Dick was written.
In captivity, a killer whale is usually confined to a small pool, where it spends much time at the surface and often has to swim in a circle. Consequently, the tissue in its dorsal fin doesn’t get much of a workout, and starts to atrophy (wastes away due to lack of use), and it falls over.
Whale’s vomit is worth $5,000+ per pound.
An Australian teen actually rode a whale and then got in trouble for it.
Whales are sometimes born with a leg or two.