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The Ultimate Baleen Whale Quiz
by Staff
Baleen whales are some of the largest creatures in the world. In fact, the blue whale is a type of baleen whale, is the largest creature to have ever lived. It is hard to imagine a creature that is large enough to swallow a small school bus in one gulp. Take this quiz to learn more about baleen whales.

How are whales categorized?

  • by their size
  • by their teeth
  • by their blowholes

If baleen whales don't have teeth, how do they eat?

  • by swallowing their food whole
  • by filtering their food
  • by using their gums to chew food

How do baleens filter their food?

  • using hairy plates
  • using bristles
  • both of the above

How many blowhole openings do baleen whales have?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

How many tons of food can a baleen whale eat each day?

  • 4
  • 5
  • 6

The 11 types of baleen whales are divided into how many groups?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

How did the Balaenidae whales get the name right whales?

  • They were right for hunting.
  • They tend to swim using their right fin.
  • Their blowhole is on the right side.

In which motion does a baleen whale's tail move?

  • side to side
  • up and down
  • in a circular motion

Baleen whales do not have:

  • ears
  • vocal chords
  • eyes

Which type of whale has the longest flippers?

  • minke
  • gray
  • humpback

Which is the biggest whale?

  • blue
  • rorqual
  • pygmy

Baleen plates are made from keratin. In which part of the human body would you find keratin?

  • the skin
  • the eyes
  • the hair

How many baleen plates would you find in a humpback whale's mouth?

  • 200
  • 300
  • 400

Different whales eat using different methods. How do right whales feed?

  • by skimming the water surface
  • by gulping water from deep in the ocean
  • by sucking in food from the ocean floor

How many gallons of water does a rorqual whale ingest when it gulps?

  • 14000
  • 18000
  • 30000

Krill and plankton that whales feed on disappear in the winter. What do whales do to compensate for this?

  • They migrate to warmer waters to conserve energy.
  • They hibernate through the winter months.
  • They eat plants and algae.

Pregnant female baleen whales increase their food intake by how much in the second half of their gestation period?

  • 0.2
  • 0.5
  • 0.8

What do baleen calves eat?

  • krill
  • seaweed
  • milk

Who preys on baleen whales?

  • killer whales
  • humans
  • both of the above

How did the phrase "getting a whaling" come about?

  • The sound of people crying sounds like a whale's noise.
  • Whips were made from whale materials.
  • The same material was used to beat people and to catch whales.