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Blue whaul[1]
Adult blue whaul
(Balaenoptera musculus)
Size compared tae a average human
Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Faimily: Balaenopteridae
Genus: Balaenoptera
Species: B. musculus
Binomial name
Balaenoptera musculus
  • B. m. brevicauda Ichihara, 1966
  • ?B. m. indica Blyth, 1859
  • B. m. intermedia Burmeister, 1871
  • B. m. musculus Linnaeus, 1758
Blue whaul range (in blue)
  • Balaenoptera gibbar Scoresby, 1820
  • Pterobalaena gigas Van Beneden, 1861
  • Physalus latirostris Flower, 1864
  • Sibbaldius borealis Gray, 1866
  • Flowerius gigas Lilljeborg, 1867
  • Sibbaldius sulfureus Cope, 1869
  • Balaenoptera sibbaldii Sars, 1875

The blue whaul (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal belangin tae the baleen whauls (Mysticeti).[3] At up tae 30 metre (98 ft)[4][5] in lenth an wi a maximum recordit wicht o 173 tonne (191 short ton)[5][6] an probably reachin ower 181 tonnes (200 short tons), it is the maist muckle ainimal kent tae hae iver existit.[7][8]


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  2. Reilly, S.B., Bannister, J.L., Best, P.B., Brown, M., Brownell Jr., R.L., Butterworth, D.S., Clapham, P.J., Cooke, J., Donovan, G.P., Urbán, J. & Zerbini, A.N. (2008). "Balaenoptera musculus". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. Retrieved 27 Julie 2013. Cite has empty unkent parameter: |last-author-amp= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors leet (link) CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
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  4. Calambokidis, John; Steiger, Gretchen (1997). [Blue whaul at Google Books Blue Whales] Check |url= value (help). Colin Baxter Photography. ISBN 978-1-900455-21-3.
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  6. "Animal Records". Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Archived frae the original on 1 August 2016. Retrieved 29 Mey 2007.
  7. Paul, Gregory S. (2010). "The Evolution of Dinosaurs and their World". The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs. Princeton: Princeton University Press. p. 19.
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