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From Fin Whales to Blue Whales: The Whale Species Quiz
by Staff
The whale may be the most magnificent mammal in the sea, but can you tell one whale from another? Take our quiz to see how much you know about the various whale species and how these creatures differ.

How many different whale species are out there?

  • 13
  • 70
  • 170

True or false: All whale species are endangered.

  • true
  • false

What are the two main types of whales?

  • toothed and nontoothed
  • finned and nonfinned
  • killer and nonkiller

What is the largest of the toothed whales?

  • killer
  • blue
  • sperm

What part of the sperm whale is unusually large?

  • head
  • tongue
  • tail

True or false: Sperm whales have the largest brain of any animal.

  • true
  • false

Which whales are called the canaries of the sea?

  • sperm
  • beluga
  • blue

Where does the gray whale prefer to dine?

  • on the beach
  • at the surface
  • at the bottom of the sea

Which of these body parts is unique to the beluga whale?

  • massive thick skull
  • heavy layer of blubber
  • nonfused neck

What color are beluga whales?

  • white
  • blue
  • black

True or false: The blue whale is the largest animal to ever live.

  • true
  • false

What do blue whales prefer to eat?

  • humans
  • squid
  • krill

Roughly how many blue whales are alive today?

  • 500
  • 5,000
  • 5 million

What feature is the humpback whale known for?

  • tail fin
  • pectoral fin
  • large head

Is the humpback whale a baleen or odontocetes?

  • It depends.
  • odontocetes
  • baleen

True or false: Killer whales migrate farther on average than any other mammal.

  • true
  • false

Which of these is the largest member of the dolphin family?

  • killer whale
  • gray whale
  • humpback whale

What color is the killer whale?

  • gray
  • blue
  • black and white

What type of whale is known for its white chin?

  • bowhead
  • sperm
  • blue

Where do bowhead whales prefer to live?

  • tropical climates
  • moderate climates
  • icy climates

What percentage of the length of the bowhead whale is made up of its skull?

  • 20-30 percent
  • 30-40 percent
  • 40-50 percent

What is the second largest whale species?

  • fin whale
  • gray whale
  • beaked whale

How long can the fin whale get?

  • 55 feet (17 meters)
  • 85 feet
  • 125 feet

How many different species of baleen whale are there?

  • three
  • seven
  • 13

How many species of toothed whales are known to exist?

  • 30
  • 70
  • 90

How many species of beaked whales can be found?

  • 12
  • 22
  • 34

What is the smallest species of baleen whale?

  • orca
  • minke
  • vaquita

True or false: A narwhal is a type of whale.

  • true
  • false

Where do narwhals typically live?

  • tropical waters
  • arctic waters
  • on the Australian coast

True or false: The narwhal actually has feeling in its tusk.

  • true
  • false