Quiz: From Fin Whales to Blue Whales: The Whale Species Quiz
From Fin Whales to Blue Whales: The Whale Species Quiz
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

There’s a lot to ooh and ahh over in the vast oceans and seas of the world, but possibly the most majestic of all animals is the whale. Whales belong to the order “Cetacea,” and along with other members of this group like dolphins and porpoises, they are mammals who are totally accustomed to aquatic environments. Unlike many other sea creatures, however, whales need air to survive and have to surface regularly, which is why they don’t sleep for very long.

Unfortunately, not everyone has historically respected the critical part that whales play in the ecosystem, so they’ve been hunted and otherwise affected to near extinction. They’re currently listed as endangered, with some species completely wiped out already. In fact, one of the most threatened right now is the North American right whale, of which there are only about 300 left in the world. Aside from the fact that the world would be a less incredible place without whales, their status at the top of the food chain means that there are very real dangers to the rest of the marine environment, should they be totally eradicated. Even though protective measures have been taken for decades now in an effort to reverse the effects of whaling, six of the 13 “great” whale species are listed as endangered.

Although there are plenty of differences between the various species of whale, each one is impressive in its own right. Can you tell one type of whale from another? Take our quiz to see how much you know about whale species and how these creatures differ.

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How many different whale species are out there?
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True or false: All whale species are endangered.
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What are the two main types of whales?
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What is the largest of the toothed whales?
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What part of the sperm whale is unusually large?
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True or false: Sperm whales have the largest brain of any animal.
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Which whales are called the canaries of the sea?
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Where does the gray whale prefer to dine?
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Which of these body parts is unique to the beluga whale?
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What color are beluga whales?
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True or false: The blue whale is the largest animal to ever live.
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What do blue whales prefer to eat?
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Roughly how many blue whales are alive today?
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What feature is the humpback whale known for?
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Is the humpback whale a baleen or odontocetes?
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True or false: Killer whales migrate farther on average than any other mammal.
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Which of these is the largest member of the dolphin family?
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What color is the killer whale?
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What type of whale is known for its white chin?
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Where do bowhead whales prefer to live?
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What percentage of the length of the bowhead whale is made up of its skull?
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What is the second largest whale species?
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How long can the fin whale get?
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How many different species of baleen whale are there?
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How many species of toothed whales are known to exist?
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How many species of beaked whales can be found?
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What is the smallest species of baleen whale?
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True or false: A narwhal is a type of whale.
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Where do narwhals typically live?
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True or false: The narwhal actually has feeling in its tusk.
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