Thursday, May 7, 2015

What is the biggest thing a blue whale can swallow?
A. A very large mushroom? No!
B. A small family car? No!
C. A sailor? No!
D. A grapefruit? Yes!

Quite interestingly, a blue whale’s throat is almost exactly the diameter as its belly button, which is about the size of a side plate.
Their diet consists of tiny pink, shrimp-like crustaceans called “krill”. The narrow gauge of a blue whale’s throat means it couldn't swallow big living and non-living things. The only whale with a throat wide enough to swallow a person whole is the sperm whale.

Lloyd, J., & Mitchinson, J. (2006). The book of general ignorance. New York: Harmony Books.
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