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||Long Marine Laboratory, Santa Cruz
Spanish: La ballena azul
By Erin Horner
1 Blue whale skeleton outside the Long Marine Laboratory of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
2 I'm thinking of an animal that is really big. It is bigger than any other animal that has ever lived. It's even bigger than the dinosaurs from long ago. Everything about this animal's body is huge. Its tongue weighs as much as an elephant! This animal is also very long. It is as long as a basketball court. Can you guess my animal? I'm thinking of a blue whale.
3 Blue whales are mammals that live in all of the oceans of the world. They live near the surface, but can dive to 350 feet down in the ocean. Unlike fish, whales cannot breathe underwater. They have two blowholes on top of their bodies. They use these special holes to breathe. Some whales have only one blowhole, while others have two. Blue whales have two blowholes. When a blue whale comes up to the surface to breathe, spray from its blowholes can shoot up to thirty feet in the air.
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