15 DECEMBER, 2019 - A 250 YEAR WHALE LIFESPAN
OLDER THAN THE USA BY 25 YEARS !
Their skulls can be over 16.5 feet long—about 30-40 percent of their entire body length! they clock in at 75-100 tons, making them among the heaviest animals on Earth, instead of teeth, they have about 350 large baleen plates that filter seawater for eating small zooplankton. (another article earlier-on here in these pages)
They do not travel in pods like other whales and are loners, usually only with a mate, they move as rapidly in 90% ice-cover as they do through open water, and can dive to 1,000 feet, and stay down an hour at a time.
The population was severely reduced before a 1966 moratorium was passed to protect the species. Of the five stocks of bowhead populations left, three are listed as “endangered”, one as “vulnerable”, and one as “lower risk-conservation dependent.”
While the bowhead may be the longest-lived mammal, it stays in the Arctic waters and is not a part of mainland US whale watches.
nothing beats submerging into a bathtub full of crushed ice for enjoyment !