Balaenoptera musculus, commonly known as the blue whale, is a large marine mammal with a long, slender body and a pointed snout. It has a bluish-gray coloration and can reach lengths of up to 30 meters and weights of up to 180 metric tons. It has a distinct ridge along its back and a small dorsal fin. It is found in all oceans of the world, usually in temperate and polar waters. Its lifespan is estimated to be between 80 and 90 years. The current population of blue whales is estimated to be between 10,000 and 25,000 individuals.
Name Origin: Balaenoptera musculus, commonly known as the blue whale, is a species of baleen whale. The genus name Balaenoptera is derived from the Greek words balaena, meaning "whale", and ptera, meaning "winged", referring to the whale's large size and its ability to move quickly through the water. The species name musculus is derived from the Latin word musculus, meaning "little mouse", likely referring to the small size of the whale's head in comparison to its body.
Related Species: Balaenoptera borealis, Balaenoptera edeni, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Balaenoptera physalus