A Whale of a Quiz

Name these great facts about whales in nature and popular culture!
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Last updated: September 20, 2020
First submittedApril 9, 2014
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Largest type of whale
Blue Whale
Primary food of the above
Krill
Type of whale that is white and
lives in the Arctic
Beluga
Type of whale with a single long tusk
Narwhal
Type of whale most common
for whale-watching
Humpback
Most common type of whale
Southern Minke
Another name for killer whales
Orcas
Largest type of toothed whale, once
hunted for "whale oil"
Sperm Whale
Primary food of the above
Squid
Movie about a boy who helped
a killer whale to escape
Free Willy
Word for a young whale
Calf
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Bible character swallowed by a whale
Jonah
Fictional whale hated by Captain Ahab
Moby Dick
Taxonomic order that includes
whales, dolphins, and porpoises
Cetacea
Country that kills thousands of whales
for "research" (but really for food)
Japan
Filter-feeding body part also
called whalebone
Baleen
Insulating layer of fat
Blubber
Hole through which whales breathe
Blowhole
Ambergris is a whale product once
used to make what
Perfume
Word for when a whale jumps
out of the water
Breach
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Level 72
Apr 9, 2014
Southern Minke huh? Never heard of it.
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Level 80
Apr 17, 2014
I think I remember Inspector Clouseau talking about them.
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Level 79
May 5, 2014
Coffee out my nose.
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Level 49
May 5, 2014
Ha! Good one
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Level 76
Jul 10, 2014
That's the very rare Chimpanzee Minke.
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Level 60
Jan 22, 2017
I'm sorry, did you say "minke?"
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Level 49
May 5, 2014
I'd heard of them, but only because of articles about Japan's whaling. Though I still didn't get that one right.
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Level 13
May 5, 2014
My aunt studies whales so that was obvious
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Level 70
Jan 22, 2017
My aunt doesn't study whales so it was not obvious to me.
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Level 78
Sep 15, 2017
My aunt has a minke coat. It's HUGE.
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Level 58
May 5, 2014
Ambergris is also used in cigarettes. As well, ambergris is still used in some perfumes.
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Level 34
May 5, 2014
You should take the orca question off because orcas are actually a type of dolphin.
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Level 13
May 5, 2014
Who cares?!

Most people consider it a whale.

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Level 59
Jan 22, 2017
I'd imagine your aunt cares to some degree.
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Level 71
Jan 3, 2019
rabidmuriqui44 that had me laughing out loud. Difficult one to explain if anybody had heard.
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Level 81
May 5, 2014
So are belugas...
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Level ∞
May 5, 2014
I'm going to blow your mind zizzers4, but dophins ARE whales.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toothed_whale

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Level 55
May 6, 2014
Snap.
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Level 67
May 6, 2014
You gotta at least wiki that first. I almost said the same thing on a quiz a bit ago. Glad I didn't get the QM smackdown.
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Level 34
Jul 8, 2014
That link says that toothed whales are a suborder of cetaceans. They put dolphins in with whales because they didn't want to make two groups. Ex. Toothed whales and toothed dolphins. They should have just called it toothed cetaceans. The point is "Quizmaster", you're wrong on this one. DOLPHINS ARE NOT WHALES. And of you want a wiki link, here's one for you, read the first line: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin. First sentence: Dolphins are cetacean mammals closely related to whales and porpoises. So, DOLPHINS ARE NOT WHALES. There is scientific proof that dolphins are not whales. So, "Quizmaster", that makes one thing you are wrong about. Again, DOLPHINS ARE NOT WHALES. They are two different types of mammals. You can give me all the wiki links in the world about toothed whales, dolphins, and whales, but you will always be wrong about dolphins being whales because DOLPHINS ARE NOT WHALES.Porpoises are not whales either. Dolphins may be related to whales, but DOLPHINS ARE NOT WHALES!!!!!!
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Level 79
Nov 28, 2014
Do you feel better now?
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Level 74
Jan 22, 2015
Maybe this article will help.
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Level 75
Feb 29, 2016
The quiz doesn't say that killer whales are a type of whale. Krill aren't a type of whale either, nor are Japanese, Jonah, etc
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Level 70
Jan 22, 2017
If that is so "Dolphins are Whales"....... then they should be the most common whales!
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Level 59
Jan 22, 2017
There's definitely one species of dolphin that is NOT considered a whale (even in the colloquial sense).

...They tend to be found around Miami, Florida. ;-)

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Level 62
Aug 18, 2018
Those darn dolphins *mumble mumble* always tryin' to be something they ain't *mumble mumble* now they saying they're whales *mumble mumble*
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Level 41
Sep 26, 2020
Dolphins evolved from whales and thus are whales. Just as humans are apes. Yes this quiz like far too much media insinuates that orcas are less dolphins than other dolphins the fact is that dolphins are genetically very similar to toothed whales and in fact much closer to toothed whales like sperm than baleen whales like hump, blue, etc.

Btw did you know crocodilians are more closely related to birds than other reptiles since birds are technically reptiles (though taxonomy labeling leaves that out because its a very basic system.)

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Level 66
Sep 26, 2020
SamLocke that logic doesn't hold up. Yes dolphins and whales evolved from the same ancestor, that makes them both cetaceans (which this quiz rightly points out). However, whales and dolphins are distinct groups within the clade. Your argument rests on the assumption that whales as we know them have been a constant while dolphins just happened to split off, which is simply not reasonable given out current understanding of evolution. What you've said about them being closely related is absolutely correct, and an argument for toothed and baleen whales not being equally separate is a fair one to make, but based on the currently accepted taxonomic systems that are used, dolphins and whales are distinct groups
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Level 30
Nov 21, 2014
yes very true
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Level 34
Jan 20, 2015
thank you, willandmax
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Level 58
Feb 5, 2017
You're all wrong. Orcas are aliens from the unobservable universe and are conspiring to destroy the galaxy and enslave us.
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Level 48
May 9, 2019
Dolphins are actually whales, known as toothed whales, or odontocetes, but not all whales are dolphins
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Level 80
Sep 26, 2020
but both took part in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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Level 21
Jul 1, 2015
I've never even heard of the Southern Minke, yet it's the most common. And if it's the most common, why is it the least guessed?
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Level 79
Jan 21, 2017
I'd never heard of it, either. Maybe because it lives in an area with a lower human population so there aren't many photos for vacationers to share? Maybe because it's smaller and has a dorsal fin and so doesn't seem as "whale-like" as others for advertising purposes? Maybe no one's ever written a novel about one which English teachers force students to read? Maybe because it's never performed at theme parks? Disney could make it the most popular whale on the planet with a single film.
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Level 67
Apr 1, 2020
There is no reason the most common has to equal the most known.

The most common animal on earth is probably a type of insect noone has ever heard about.

Something can live in large numbers and hardly be noticed, and ander touched on the other half of the explanation, being noticed and being made popular to the big crowds is something else aswell.

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Level 69
Sep 29, 2020
Actually Sifhraven, you are sort of right. Here's something you'd find interesting. The most abundant animal on earth are nematodes or roundworms of the phylum Nematoda. I doubt many people have heard of them but they make up ~80% of all individual animals. And compare that to the northern white rhino, which was in the news a lot and there are now only two left.
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Level 66
Sep 26, 2020
It's a fairly small whale relative to other species, so my guess is that it isn't as well known because it isn't as exciting to show in media as really massive whales are.
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Level 38
Oct 23, 2016
Thank you Futurama! 20/20
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Level 67
Nov 18, 2016
Thanks to Futurama we can all be whale biologists.
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Level 47
Jan 21, 2017
Yes.
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Level 83
Jan 21, 2017
You can thank Futurama. I thank Star Trek IV.
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Level 53
Feb 22, 2020
Precious hamburgers
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Level 55
Jan 21, 2017
Could you add Breeching?
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Level 72
Dec 23, 2017
Breech births are rare in whales, but fascinatingly enough, the position would be the opposite of a human breech; since whales are normally born fluke-first, a breech birth would be head-first! Scintillating, amirite? But I think one thing is certain however: breech position or not, whales give birth safely underwater, not while breaching and flailing about above the waterline, as that would probably be painful, and just plain unsafe for both momma and calf.
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Level 81
Jan 21, 2017
Excellent quiz nice mix of easy medium and challenging questions. Great job
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Level 74
Jan 21, 2017
I agree, I never would have gotten the 2 that I missed...ever.
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Level 46
Jan 22, 2017
great quiz but i have no knowledge in whales
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Level 66
Jan 23, 2017
I think you should accept "woah" as a word for when a whale jumps out of the water
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Level 58
Feb 5, 2017
smae
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Level 58
Feb 5, 2017
I thought the biggest type of whale was your mom

I AM SO SORRY DON'T KILL ME

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Level 75
Sep 28, 2020
Pretty sure Noah wasn't eaten by a whale, more like a big fish
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Level 74
Nov 13, 2020
Noah wasn't eaten by anything. Also, whales are the "biggest fish" they had heard of back then. I don't even think the idea of a mammal existed
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Level 65
Sep 29, 2020
According to Wikipedia, the southern minke whale is the most common baleen whale with a population of about 515,000. However, the harbour porpoise is estimated to number 700,000 individuals (source: also Wikipedia). I don't know if there are any other whale species that surpass this number, but I reckon if you just changed the question to ask for the most common baleen whale, you wouldn't need to change the answer. As it stands, however, it is incorrect. Otherwise a great quiz.