Balaenoptera f. A taxonomic genus within the family Balaenopteridae – the rorqual whales. The cetaceans are divided into Odontoceti and Mysticeti. Their … [270], The earliest discovered anatomically modern blue whale is a partial skull fossil found in southern Italy, dating to the Middle Pleistocene, roughly 1.5–1.25 million years ago. [91][90][143][144] The whales then migrate to lower latitude areas including the Galapagos Islands and the Eastern Tropical Pacific. [15][195], Female blue whales give birth every two to three years, depending on body condition and lactation period. This population produces long-duration, low frequency pulses (“A”) and tonal calls (“B”), upswept tones that precede type B calls (“C”), moderate-duration downswept tones (“D”), and variable amplitude-modulated and frequency-modulated sounds. [3][4][5][9][10], Their pale underside can accumulate a yellowish diatom coat,[3][4][5] which historically earned them the nickname sulphur bottom. Balaenoptera musculus; Media in category "Balaenoptera musculus" The following 76 files are in this category, out of 76 total. Reaching a maximum confirmed length of 29.9 meters (98 feet) and weight of 173 tonnes (190 tons), it is the largest animal known to have ever existed.The blue whale’s long and slender body can be various shades of grayish-blue dorsally and somewhat lighter underneath. The whales in this family have furrows in their skin that run from their lower mouth to their stomach. 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with a Synopsis of the Species", "Mitochondrial phylogenetics and evolution of mysticete whales", "Baleen whale phylogeny and a past extensive radiation event revealed by SINE insertion analysis", "Baleen boom and bust: A synthesis of mysticete phylogeny, diversity and disparity", "Whole-genome sequencing of the blue whale and other rorquals finds signatures for introgressive gene flow", "Rise of the titans: baleen whales became giants earlier than thought", "Low genetic diversity in pygmy blue whales is due to climate-induced diversification rather than anthropogenic impacts", "Phylogenetic relationships among cetartiodactyls based on insertions of short and long interspersed elements: hippopotamuses are the closest extant relatives of whales", "Early Miocene hippopotamids (Cetartiodactyla) constrain the phylogenetic and spatiotemporal settings of hippopotamid origin", "Phylogenetic relationships of artiodactyls and cetaceans as deduced from the comparison of cytochrome b and 12S rRNA mitochondrial sequences", "Spatial and temporal occurrence of blue whales off the U. S. West Coast, with implications for management", "Estimating historical eastern North Pacific blue whale catches using spatial calling patterns", "Caza de ballenas - Defensa de los océanos", "Do ship strikes threaten the recovery of endangered eastern North Pacific blue whales? Chilean blue whales are genetically differentiated from Antarctica blue whales[289] and are unlikely to be interbreeding; however, the genetic differentiation is lesser with Eastern North Pacific blue whale, there may gene flow between hemispheres.[289]. Family: Cetacea: Genus: Balaenoptera: Species: B. musculus: Subpecies: B. m. musculus, B. m. intermedia, B. m. brevicauda, B. m. indica, B. m. unnamed (Chile) Niche: Pelagic baleen whale: Length: 100 ft (30 m) Weight: 190 tons (173 tonnes) ... of the five known subspecies of blue whales, members of the Antarctic (Balaenoptera musculus intermedia) populations tend to be even larger than other blue … [184] The water is then squeezed out through their baleen plates with pressure from the ventral pouch and tongue, and the remaining krill are swallowed. Balaenoptera is a diverse genus and comprises all but one of the extant species in its family—the other species is the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Balaenoptera musculus: Suborder: Mysticeti: Family: Balaenopteridae: Size: 24 - 33 m: Weight: 100000 - 120000 Kg: Group Size: 1 - 2 individuals: Habitat: Offshore (sometimes Inshore) Hemisphere: Both: The Blue Whale is the biggest animal that has ever inhabited our planet. Known to grow as long as 110 feet (33 m) and weigh as much as 150 tons (136,000 kg), it is the largest animal ever to inhabit the earth. [35] One of the first published descriptions of a blue whale comes from Robert Sibbald’s Phalainologia Nova,[254] after Sibbald found a stranded whale in the estuary of the Firth of Forth in 1692. [125] There has been one photograph-identification match between an individual blue whale in Iceland and Mauritania[126] and one match between an individual blue whale in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Azores,[126] suggesting connectivity among blue whales in the region. Blue whales were protected in areas of the Southern Hemisphere starting in 1939. There are regular reports of much faster migration speeds and rapid sustained bursts of speeds; notably their swimming speeds were too fast for whalers until the modern era of whaling introduced steam-powered boats and explosive-tipped harpoons. [121] In the Eastern North Atlantic, blue whales have been documented south of the Azores[122] and off northwest Africa in the winter,[123] in the Azores in late spring,[124] and in Iceland in the summer. [251][252] The frequency of pygmy blue whales in the Antarctic has steadily decreased at a rate of a few tenths of hertz per year since 2002. Genus: Balaenoptera. Blue whales are Blue (Balaenoptera musculus), fin (B. physalus), and sei (B. borealis) whales are collectively referred to in this Recovery Strategy as balaenopterids (order Cetacea, family Balaenopteridae). 20160130 Sri Lanka 4271 crop Indian Ocean sRGB (25744960026).jpg 3,023 × 2,267; 901 KB Fin whale—Balaenoptera physalus. About OBIS Partnerships sponsor Governance. 1966. Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Marine Turtles and their Habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia The blue whale was once abundant in nearly all the oceans on Earth until the end of the 19th century. Kingdom: Animalia. [240] Blue whale song types were initially divided into nine song types,[65] although ongoing research suggests at least 13 song types. The fossil whale, Balaenoptera davidsonii (Cope 1872), with a review of other Neogene species of Balaenoptera (Cetacea: Mysticeti). [218] In 1983 a 65 ft (19.8 m) long male specimen taken was 65 ft long and sexually immature. Blue Whales :: MarineBio Video Library :: Blue whale song 1 ~ Blue whale song 2 Blue whales, Balaenoptera musculus (Linnaeus, 1758), like all rorquals (Family Balaenopteridae, the family that includes the blue whale, Bryde’s whale, fin whale, humpback whale, minke whale, and sei whale), are long, slender whales that are much more streamlined than other large whales. Send us an enquiry. In addition, the ovaries of female blue whales form a permanent record of the number of ovulations (or perhaps pregnancies), in the form of corpora albicantia. Facts and Information about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Wildlife. Taxonomy Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Mammalia Order Cetartiodactyla Family Balaenopteridae Genus Balaenoptera Morphology The fin whale is the second largest whale after the Antarctic blue whale, but is the fastest of all rorquals, with a swimming… Mammal Species of the World: Information on musculus Mammal Species of the World - Browse: musculus HOME --> CLASS MAMMALIA --> ORDER CETACEA --> SUBORDER MYSTICETI --> FAMILY Balaenopteridae --> GENUS Balaenoptera One of the first published descriptions of a blue whale comes from Robert Sibbald’s Phalainologia Nova, after Sibbald found a stranded whale in the estuary of the Firth of Forth in 1692. Second Edition. ... Balaenoptera musculus musculus (North Atlantic, North … [13][3][14][15] In the International Whaling Commission (IWC) whaling database, 88 individuals longer than 30 m were reported, including one up to 33.0 m, but problems with how the measurements were made suggest that measurements longer than 30.5 m are somewhat suspect. Palaeontology 50(5):1103-1122. Sub Phylum: Vertebrata. Blue whales were abundant in nearly all the oceans on Earth until the beginning of the twentieth century. [190][191] Sei whale—Balaenoptera borealis. Based upon the number of layers in the earwax, the age of the animal was determined to be seven years. The genus name, Balaenoptera, means winged whale while the species name, musculus, could mean “muscle” or a diminutive form of “mouse”, potentially a clever pun by Carl Linnaeus, who named the species in Systema Naturae. Back to Mammals of Orange County, California ... feeding on other smaller members of the krill family. A new basal balaenopterid whale from the Pliocene of northern Italy. Palacios, D.M. [151] reported mean swim speed using only high-quality satellite locations as 2.55 ± 1.43 mph (4.1 ± 2.3 km/h) from 11 tagged blue whales. Blue whales are formally classified as endangered under the Endangered Species Act[396] and considered depleted and strategic under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Boessenecker, Robert W. "A new marine vertebrate assemblage from the Late Neogene Purisima Formation in Central California, part II: Pinnipeds and Cetaceans." [221] DNA tests done in Iceland of a blue whale killed July 7, 2018 by the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf, found that the whale was a hybrid of a fin whale father and a blue whale mother;[222] however, the results are pending independent testing and verification of the samples. Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)Aerial image of a blue whale . Omura's whale—Balaenoptera omurai. Balaenopteridae (Family) Balaenoptera (Genus) Balaenoptera musculus (Species) Status. There are no direct measurements of the hearing sensitivity of blue whales. Balaenoptera musculus (Linnaeus, 1758) – Blue Whale, Ballena azul, rorqual bleu : Direct Children: Subspecies: Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda Ichihara, 1966 – Pygmy Blue Whale : Subspecies: Balaenoptera musculus indica Blyth, 1859 – Great Indian Rorqual, Northern Indian … It is a solitary suspension feeder. [5][19] Hydrodynamic models suggest that a blue whale could not exceed 108 ft (33 m) due to metabolic and energy constraints. [393][394] The protected status of North Atlantic blue whales was not recognized by Iceland until 1960.[395]. They vary in size from the 25-30 foot long minke whale to the 65-90 foot blue whale. Musculusmeans mouse in Latin. Sei whale—Balaenoptera borealis. Family – Balaenopteridae; Genus – Balaenoptera; Species – B. musculus; Habitat. The species "Megaptera" hubachi may in fact be a species of Balaenoptera, and is certainly not a member of Megaptera. 137090 (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:137090) Classification. Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus off Morro Bay CA Jun 28th. They feed almost exclusively on krill, straining huge volumes of ocean water through their baleen plates (which are like the teeth of a comb). There are currently five subspecies of blue whale, recognized by the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s Committee on Taxonomy: B. m. musculus in the North Atlantic and North Pacific, B. m. intermedia in the Southern Ocean, B. m. brevicauda (the pygmy blue whale) in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific Ocean, B. m. indica in the Northern Indian Ocean, and B. m. unnamed subsp. This family is known as ‘rorquals’, the Norwegian term for ‘furrow whales’. [265][266][267][268][269][270] The most recent analysis estimates that the Balaenopteridae family diverged from other families in the late Miocene, between 10.48 and 4.98 million years ago. Hybridization between blue and fin whales has been documented across multiple ocean basins. It’s heart is the size of a Volkswagen bug and the main aorta leaving the heart is large … Scientific Name:Balaenoptera musculus. Balaenoptera musculus was first described by Linnaeus in 1758. Reaching a maximum confirmed length of 29.9 meters (98 feet) and weight of 173 tonnes (190 tons), it is the largest animal known to have ever existed. [3][4][5], The mottling pattern is highly variable and the unique pigmentation pattern along the back in the region of the dorsal fin can be used to identify known individuals. The blue whale was not hunted by Yankee whalers because of its speed and power, so the whalers went … What a privilege just to be in their presence. It was hunted almost to the point of extinction by whaling until the International Whaling Commission banned all hunting of blue whales in 1967. Identification. [106] For Antarctic blue whales, for example, some remain year-round in the Antarctic, some remain year-round in northerly grounds, and most disperse throughout the Southern Hemisphere in the austral winter months. Fourth contribution to the marine fauna of the Miocene period of the United States. R. E. Weems and L. E. Edwards. [271] The Australian pygmy blue whale diverged during the Last Glacial Maximum. [150] With additional satellite tagged animals (n=10),[40] reported mean swim speeds of 108 ± 33.3 km/day, ranging 58–172 km/day. [68][78] Like the Madagascar population, this population’s distribution remains north of 52°S. [74][136], Pygmy subspecies (B. m. brevicauda) – Eastern Australia/New Zealand population: Data from strandings, sightings, and acoustic detections suggest that this population is present in New Zealand waters nearly year-round. [220] Two live blue-fin whale hybrids have since been documented in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada and in the Azores (Portugal). [3][5][10], The blue whale is the largest known animal. (2000) Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) ocurrence off the Galapagos Islands, 1978-1995. Library News Use cases. [80], Pygmy subspecies (B. m. brevicauda) – Western Australia/Indonesia population: This population feeds in Perth Canyon off Western Australia[75] and between the Great Australian Bight and Bass Strait off South Australia and Victoria[73][137] in the summer before migrating to waters off Indonesia to breed in the winter. In fact, of the five known subspecies of blue whales, members of the Antarctic (Balaenoptera musculus intermedia) populations tend to be even larger than other blue whale subspecies. family Balaenopteridae genus Balaenoptera species Balaenoptera musculus Providers NZIB Provider Contribution Summary. The International Whaling Commission banned all hunting of blue whales in 1966 and gave them worldwide protection. Catches of Antarctic blue whales (345,775 whales) reduced the population from 239,000 (95% CI=202,000–311,000) in the 1920s to a low of 360 (150–840) animals in the early 1970s, which is 0.15% (0.07–0.29%) of pre-exploitation levels. [79] There is no abundance estimate for overall pygmy blue whale abundance, which includes the Madagascar population, Western Australia/Indonesia population, and Eastern Australia/New Zealand population. Minke whale. Chemicals and Drugs 4. [6][7][8], Additional distinguishing features of the blue whale include a broad, flat head, which appears U-shaped from above; 270–395 entirely black baleen plates on each side of their upper jaw; 60–88 expandable throat pleats; long, slender flippers; a small (up to 13 inches (33 cm)) falcate dorsal fin positioned far back toward the tail; a thick tail stock; and a massive, slender fluke. In the North Pacific, blue whales can be seen in large numbers in Monterey Bay, CA from July through October. Blue whales secrete earwax (cerumen) throughout their lives forming long, multilayered plugs. datasets have provided data to the NBN Atlas for this species.. Browse the list of datasets and find organisations you can join if you are interested in participating in a survey for species like Balaenoptera musculus (Linnaeus, 1758) [228] Southall et al. An individual Blue whale can consume up to 4 tons of krill a day! It is listed as endangered by IUCN, as endangered by COSEWIC, and in CITES Appendix I. When they eat they hold enormous volumes of water in their throats before forcing the water through their baleen plates to filter out fish or krill. [138] An acoustic boundary between the Western Australia/Indonesia population and the Eastern Australia/New Zealand population has been identified as the junction of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.[84][88]. Balaenoptera musculus with the common name Blue whale, belongs to the Mammals group Blue whale - Balaenoptera musculus - (Linnaeus, 1758) Toggle navigation [60] Most migrate annually; however, year-round acoustic detections near the West Antarctic Peninsula,[59][128] the Weddell Sea and along the Greenwich meridian,[129] eastern Antarctica,[61][128] and year-round catches around South Georgia[130][131] suggest a small portion may remain in Antarctica year-round. The blue whale is a marine mammal that prefers the cold and temperate waters of the Arctic and Antarctic oceans. [241] The correlation between song types and genetic subdivisions is unknown, but song types are currently used as the primary method of separating blue whale populations because they are stable in shape over multiple decades for each region. This allows them to acquire the energy necessary for sustaining basic metabolic maintenance costs while storing additional energy necessary for migration and reproduction. 4. [198][199] Female pygmy blue whales are 68.9–71.2 ft (21.0–21.7 m) in length[21] and roughly 10 years old at age of sexual maturity. Vacancies in the CMS Family Vacancies in Other Organizations Information about job … Subfamily: Balaenopterinae. [263][264], The phylogeny of the blue whales is still debated because their placement varies depending on the molecular markers and phylogenetic analysis used. ... Family: Balaenopteridae; Population: 5,000; Trend: increasing; Size: 25-27m Weight: up to 190,000kg EDGE Score EDGE Score: 5.18 (?) [282] Although the Western Australia/Indonesia population and the Eastern Australia/New Zealand population are morphologically similar and not genetically separated,[283] there are no photograph-identification matches between the two populations,[284] and mitochondrial DNA haplotype frequencies suggest a high degree of genetic isolation of the New Zealand population. Blue whales have long, slender mottled grayish-blue bodies, although they appear blue underwater. Some of these blue whale subspecies have been further divided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, resulting in at least nine recognized management units,[32] based largely on unique song types.[34]. These are but a few photo's taken that day. The Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus can take in 60 to 70 tons of water with one gulp. 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