Sea Life

Blue Whale Vs. Humpback Whale Comparison

The two most incredible species of Whales to ever exist on Earth – the Blue Whale and the Humpback whale. Both species are Baleen whales which means they do not have teeth. In this article, we are going to compare the two species of whales to let you know what distinct features they have which will help you to distinguish between the two.

Blue Whale Vs. Humpback Whale Comparison

The two giant species differs from each other in many factors, some of which are listed below:

ParametersBlue WhalesHumpback Whales
HabitatNorth Atlantic Ocean to the Greenland SeaNorth Pacific Ocean to Gulf of Mexico
Body ShapeLong tapering body with U-shaped flat headSlender and narrow body with a broad rounded head.
Colorationlight gray to bluish shadeGreyish from the top and white underside.
Fin (Dorsal Fins)Small triangular-shaped  dorsal finSmall, knobby-shaped dorsal fins
Length72 to 100 feet39 to 52 feet
Weight130 to 150 tonnes25 to 30 tonnes
Bite Force19,000 psiThey do not bite
Vocalizationup to 188 decibels or 15 to 40 Hz range2.5 seconds long at 500 Hz
DietKrill and shrimps as primary food sourcePlankton and fishes as primary food
Travelling4,000 miles per year16,000 miles per year
SpeedNormally swims with 20 kph speed with a burst 50 kph4.8 to 14 kph with a burst of 26.5 kph
PredatorsOnly Killer whalesOrcas, giant sharks, and false killer whales
Reproductive ModeBecome sexually mature after 5 to 15 years and give birth after 2 to 3 years.Polygynous species give birth to only one calf in one year.
Life Span80 to 90 years45 to 50 years
Conservational StatusEndangeredLeast Concern

Conclusion

Although the two well-known species of whales, the Blue Whale and the Humpback whale belong to the Baleen group which do not have teeth instead they have baleen plates to chew the prey. They have many similarities but there are factors such as color, length, weight, and habitat which distinguish the two from each other. We hope that by reading the article you will spot the two in one sight that either it is a Blue Whale or a Humpback Whale.

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