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Balaenoptera musculus 



Blue Whale Surfacing

Photo courtesy of Mike Baird


 Balaenoptera musculus, commonly known as the blue whale, is the largest animal in the world. Carl Linnaeus named the whale Balaenoptera(meaning "winged whale" in English) musculus("mouse" in English, muscle in French) in 1758. Blue WhaleBlue Whale

It is a natural phenomenon in its magnificent size, coverage in all of the planet's oceans, and the extraordinary adaptations of the mammal that lives exclusively in marine environments. Click here to see it first hand. The gigantic organism faces few threats from marine creatures, but is threatened by extinction because of human interactions. To begin learning about the blue whale, dive into Classification.

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