Whale Facts for Kids
Whales are some of the most fascinating animals in the world, though sadly their numbers are in decline in many parts of the world. Now more than ever, it’s important for children to learn about creatures like these so that they can understand what makes them so amazing – and also learn more about their current predicament. This collection of whale facts for kids will help do just that.
We’ve also put all of the facts into a printable PDF. You can stick it up on the wall to add a colourful bit of artwork to your house, and it doubles up as an educational tool for your kids. You will find the link to download the PDF at the bottom of this page.
1. The blue whale is the biggest animal that has ever lived.
It is a whopping 98ft long and weighs 190 tonnes. That’s roughly the size of three buses!
2. Whales breathe air, just like humans.
To do this they use blowholes on their heads to breathe in air when they reach the surface.
3. A group of whales is called a pod.
These pods can range in size from 2 – 200 whales.
4. Certain species of whales are known to sing to each other.
They do this to communicate, attract new mates and to simply have fun!
5. The bowhead whale can live for up to 200 years.
It is one of the longest-living animals in the world.
6. Fishing for whales is now banned in most countries.
That’s because there are so few of them left, unfortunately.
7. Humpback whales don’t eat for 5-7 months of the year.
Do you think you could go that long without eating!? They do it whilst they are migrating to the Antarctic every year.
8. There are less than 3,000 blue whales on the planet.
Sadly, there used to be around 225,000.
9. Whales can teach, learn, work together and plan things!
They’re one of the most intelligent animals on Earth.
We hope you enjoyed learning some new facts about the incredible animal that is the whale. You can click the image below to download and print your free PDF.
Want to learn even more about whales? Then we recommend the My First Discoveries children’s book about whales. It is packed with beautiful illustrations of whales, as well as containing many more interesting facts about them.