Size of Adult: up to 110 feet (34 m), average 85 feet (26 m)
Weight of Adult: up to 200 tons (181,000 Kg), average 120 tons (109,000 Kg)
Birth length/weight: 23 feet (7 m), 2.5 tons (2300 Kg)
Blow: Tall thin column approximately 35 feet (11 m) high, can be seen from as far away as 5 miles (8 Km)
Feeding: The blue whale feeds exclusively on krill, up to 4 tons per day.
Displays/Behavior: This whale will show its fluke going on a deep dive only if it feels comfortable with its environment. It often swims alone. Adults generally don’t breach but juveniles can.
This gallery is of blue whale tails, spouts and behaviour. The blue whale’s tail is the most majestic and graceful of all to watch.
A tip for photographers: When the whale surfaces locate its spout which is right at the top of the head. As the whale travels and breathes, keep focused on the head/spout area of the body. When the whale goes into its deep dive, keep your lens steady on the head/spout area as it takes its final breath before diving. If you stay focused on this area when the animal dives, your camera will catch its entire body length as it dives down until the end when the fluke shows itself above the surface of the water. Do this and you’ll get your “tail shot” whenever the whale decides to exhibit it.