Blue Whale

(Balaenoptera musculus)

Family: Balaenopteridae

Species: Balaenoptera musculus

Length: 20 to 25 meters. The biggest specimen was 33,58 m, captured in South Georgia.

Weight: 75 to 130 metric tons.

Life expectancy: 40 to 50 years and up to 90 years.

Diet: Primarily Krill (euphausids) and copepods.

Behaviour: Found as solitary or in pairs and sometimes in small groups. They probably aggregate by the presence of prey rather than by a gregarious behaviour.

The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest animal known ever to inhabit our planet. The Blue whale can be seen, in the estuary of the Saint-Lawrence river and along the Gaspesian peninsula and occasionally in the Mingan area in summer and fall. Some individuals are sporadically seen in the St. Lawrence in winter.