Of all the creatures in the sea, few are considered as incredible and awe-inspiring as whales. If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants during an upcoming whale watching tours, be sure to take a look at the information below to discover some interesting information about the lives of these mysterious mammals.
Whales Never Fully Sleep
In order to get a bit of shuteye each day, whales become semi-conscious, meaning they only shut down half of their brain. They do this in order to remain alert enough to breathe out of their blowholes. Unlike land-roaming mammals, whales are conscious breathers and have to remain near the surface as they sleep in order to continue taking in enough air.
The Blue Whale Is the Largest of All Whales
Not only is the blue whale the largest species of whale, but it is also the largest mammal in the world and, as far as scientists can tell, the largest animal that has ever existed on the planet. Researchers have yet to unearth any dinosaur fossils that rival the sheer size of a blue whale. Blue whales easily dwarf whale watching boats, but are rarely seen on the East Coast since they are more heavily concentrated in the North Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Whales Are Classified by Their Eating Habits
Scientists classify whales into two major categories based on their diet. Baleen whales eat krill and plankton, while toothed whales feed on fish and small mammals. It's not uncommon to see a group of toothed whales working together while cod fishing or hunting for seals. With an average speed of 30 miles per hour, it's no surprise that whales are adept at hunting and fishing.
Now that you know some useful facts about whales, it's time to get out onto the water to catch a glimpse of some in person. The team here at Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours has over 60 years of experience in providing tourists and locals with unforgettable whale watching adventures. To find out how you can book one of our tours, contact us today at (508) 746-2643.