Whale coloring pages celebrate our love affair with our nautical neighbor.
We can't help it. Whales speak to us. You know what I mean.
Who doesn't want to watch them in the sea or aquarium? They're
mammals like us. But they're huge and live in an alien environment!
The smallest whales are longer than twice the height of the average person. And the largest is almost 100 feet long!
They live an uncharted life in the mysterious deep.
What must it be like to be master of the marine world? To travel the world. To be privy to the sea's many secrets.
If only they could tell us! But all we can do is gaze in amazement.
Humpbacks are the whale watchers favorite. Seems they like to watch back!
They act as curious about us as we are about them. Plus they do amazing things like hurling their bodies into the air! An incredible feat for a creature that weighs over 70,000 pounds.
If you'd like to go whale watching in the summer (I would!) try the coast of...
Or if you have time off in the winter you can view humpbacks here...
No time to travel? No need. To hear some of the humpback whale's calls click on the player below!
Gray whales grow to about 49 feet in length. And may live for as long as 70 years!
There's a group that spends the summer off the coast of the western United States. You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse if you take a trip there!
But be warned, these creatures were once called Devil Fish! So don't make any sudden moves or you may find out why. ;)
The right whale is larger than the humpback and the gray. It reaches almost 60 feet in length.
Unfortunately, it was an easy target for whale hunters. They pursued it for it's high oil content.
These days population numbers are thought to be quite low. Common causes of death are collisions with vessels and fishing equipment.
If you'd like to observe these in person you'll have to venture to...
Worth the trip, I imagine!
Or you can stay right here on whale coloring pages and color one! Cheaper and quicker. ;)
The minke whale reaches only 35 feet in length. Kinda tiny by cetacean standards!
But plentiful. The ocean seems to be crawling with them. Well, not exactly but they number more than 500,000.
You can see them off the coast of...
But you can swim with them in Australia! Contact tour companies in Cairns or Port Douglas.
Why is this Sei whale swimming on its side? It's grabbing a rather large bite of lunch.
These whales like to stay out in deep water. Plus their travel patterns are a bit of a mystery. So they're not very good candidates for whale watching.
The Orca, everyone recognizes this whale! The name Shamu or Willy ring a bell?
This mother and calf don't look much like killers. But they sure put fear into their prey.
And who isn't entertained by their antics? An easy way to watch one of these gals? Visit Sea World! Or similar setting.
Whales, we still pursue them. But now it's done for fun! Fun leads to profit which leads to conservation. And with a bit of luck, we may just be able to coexist!
Whale Facts: Wikipedia
Whale Sounds: Courtesy of NOAA through Wikimedia
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