The Amazing Blue Whale
“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
As far as we know, the blue whale is the largest animal that has ever existed. Every statistic that we find about these giants is overwhelming.
A blue whale's tongue is larger than an elephant. Its flipper can be about six feet long – as long as a man is tall. A baby blue whale is the size of two minivans. Their mouths could hold 400 people. Yet the creatures they eat – krill – are only about half an inch long. They swallow vast amounts of water, then filter it back through their baleen – the strange keratin filter-like structure that they have in their mouths.
They eat four tons of krill a day. That is 4 million of the tiny creatures. Babies consume 50 to 100 gallons of milk per day. The blue whale's tail is as wide as a soccer net. One of these whales can dive to nearly 1,000 feet, and they can stay there for 30 minutes, without needing a breath. The water that they blow through their blowhole can jet up to 30 feet high.
In short, these are magnificent animals, clearly illustrating the greatness and the beauty of God's creation. We read in Genesis 1:21 that God made them on the fifth day of creation: "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly." The word translated as whales could also refer to other large sea creatures, but it certainly includes these beautiful, amazing giants of the ocean.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that we see the greatness of Your creative power in everything that You have made, both great and small. Amen.
Ref: Encyclopaedia Britannica, < https://www.britannica.com/animal/blue-whale >, accessed 11/27/2018.
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