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Whales are the largest species of exclusively aquatic placental mammals, members of the order Cetacea, which also includes dolphins and porpoises. The term whale is ambiguous: it can refer to all cetaceans, just the largest ones, or only to members of particular families within the order Cetacea. This latter definition is the one followed within Wikipedia. Whales are those cetaceans which are neither dolphins (i.e. members of the families Delphinidae or Platanistoidae) or porpoises. This can lead to some confusion as Orca (Killer Whales) and Pilot Whales have "whale" in their name, but are dolphins from the perspective of classification. Cetologists tend not to worry too much about making a distinction.

Like all members of the order, whales evolved from land mammals which returned to the sea undergoing aquatic adaptation, probably in the Eocene, between 55 and 34 million years ago. The precise ancestry of whales is still obscure, as there is no commonly agreed succession, but they are thought to have evolved from a group of carnivorous artiodactyla (even-toed hoofed animals). In 2001, two important 47-million-year-old partial fossils, named Rodhocetus balochistanensis and Artiocetus clavis, were discovered in Balochistan, Pakistan. These fossils represent intermediate forms between land-living ungulates and whales and are evidence that the whales' closest relatives on land might be hippos, which had been previously suggested by DNA studies. The first fully marine cetaceans, like Basilosaurus, appeared 40 million years ago.

Like all mammals, whales breathe air into lungs, are warm-blooded (i.e., endothermic), breast-feed their young, and have some (very little) hair. The whales' adaptions to a fully aquatic life are quite conspiciuous: The body is fusiform, resembling that of a fish. The forelimbs, also called flippers, are paddle-shaped. The end of the tail holds the fluke, which provides propulsion by vertical movements. Whales do not possess hind limbs, small bones inside the body are the only remains of the pelvis. Most species of whales bear a fin on their backs. Beneath the skin lies a layer of fat, the blubber. It serves as an energy reservoir and also as insulation. Whales have a four-chambered heart. The neck vertebrae are fused in most whales, whhich provides stability during swimming at the expense of flexibility. Whales breathe through blowholes, located on the top of the head so the animal can remain submerged. Baleen whales have two, toothed whales one blowhole. When breathing out after a dive, a spout can be seen from the right perspective, the shape of which differs among the species. Whales have a unique respiratory system that lets them stay underwater for long periods of time without taking any oxygen. Some whales, such as the Sperm Whale, can stay underwater for up to two hours in a single breath.

Whale females give birth to a single calf. Nursing time is long (more than one year in many species), which is associated with a strong bond between mother and young. In most whales reproductive maturity occurs late, typically at seven to ten years. This strategy of reproduction spawns few offspring, provided with a high rate of survival
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Whale
0.136MB  AU  Hear Sound
Acoustical Society of America
Whale Cry
Humpback Whale
0.062MB  AU  Hear Sound
iBiblio - the public's library and digital archive
Humpback whale cry
Humpback Whale
0.137MB  AU  Hear Sound
iBiblio - the public's library and digital archive
Humpback whale long cry
Humpback Whale
0.546MB  AU  Hear Sound
iBiblio - the public's library and digital archive
Humpback whale song
Humpback Whale
0.083MB  AU  Hear Sound
iBiblio - the public's library and digital archive
Humpback whale trumpet
Humpback Whale
0.216MB  MOV  Hear Sound
Lawrence Hall of Science, Univ. of California, Ber
Sperm Whale song
Killer Whale
0.170MB  WAV  Hear Sound
Naturesongs.com
Breathing sounds of members of a pod of Orcas
Humpback Whale
0.545MB  AU  Hear Sound
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Humpback Whale
Whale
0.061MB  AU  Hear Sound
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Whale
Whale
0.086MB  AU  Hear Sound
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Haunting Cry
Whale
0.136MB  AU  Hear Sound
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Long Cry
Whale
0.083MB  AU  Hear Sound
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Trumpet
Whale
0.102MB  AU  Hear Sound
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Whistle
Whale
0.264MB  WAV  Hear Sound
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Whale
Humpback Whale
0.488MB  WAV  Hear Sound
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Humpback Whale
Sperm Whale
0.391MB  WAV  Hear Sound
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Sperm Whale
Whale
0.061MB  AU  Hear Sound
Acoustical Society of America
Whale Cry
Whale
0.086MB  AU  Hear Sound
Acoustical Society of America
Whale Cry
Whale
0.083MB  AU  Hear Sound
Acoustical Society of America
Whale Trumpet
Whale
0.102MB  AU  Hear Sound
Acoustical Society of America
Whale Whistle
Humpback Whale
0.086MB  AU  Hear Sound
iBiblio - the public's library and digital archive
Humpback whale haunting cry
Humpback Whale
0.163MB  MOV  Hear Sound
Lawrence Hall of Science, Univ. of California, Ber
Humpback whale song
Beluga Whale
0.296MB  AU  Hear Sound
University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum
Beluga whale sound
Sperm whale
0.039MB  WAV  Hear Sound
Università degli Studi di Pavia
Audio of Sperm whale
Sperm whale
0.068MB  WAV  Hear Sound
Università degli Studi di Pavia
Audio of Sperm whale
Beluga Whale
0.130MB  WAV  Hear Sound
Università degli Studi di Pavia
Audio of Beluga Whale
Long finned pilot whale
0.063MB  WAV  Hear Sound
Università degli Studi di Pavia
Audio of Long finned pilot whale
Humpback Whale
0.102MB  AU  Hear Sound
iBiblio - the public's library and digital archive
Humpback whale whistle
Toothed Whale
0.241MB  AU  Hear Sound
University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum
Toothed whale sound
Killer Whale
Streaming  RAM  Hear Sound
National Geographic - Creature Feature Archive
Killer Whale
Whale
0.519MB  MP3  Hear Sound
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Whales Spouting
Humpback Whale
1.210MB  MP3  Hear Sound
EarthEar
Here’s Lisa Walker’s favorite humpback whale chorus, recorded in a long, narrow channel that amplified and attenuated their calls in a most wonderful way. See details in the page below to buy the CD
False Killer Whale
MP3  Hear Sound
David"s Whale and Dolphin Watch
Dolphins and whales have voices, but it's a lot different from most other mammals. The limited visibility under water made sounds and hearing very important for them
Pilot Whale
MP3  Hear Sound
David"s Whale and Dolphin Watch
When you listen to the sounds you will usually hear two kinds of sounds. One that sounds like whistling (high pitched sounds) and one that sounds like a rattle or clicking. In general the whistles are for communication and the clicks is the SONAR.
Sperm Whale
MP3  Hear Sound
David"s Whale and Dolphin Watch
.mp3 file (72 kb)
NE Pacific Blue Whale
WAV  Hear Sound
PMEL Whale Acoustic Projfect
whale vocalization "Northeastern Pacific blue whale calls are perhaps the best known blue whale call to date. They generally consist of two parts, A and B. The A call is a series of pulses (on the order of 1.5 pulses/s) which often exhibits side-banding and the B call is a long FM moan".
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