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By Umaima Manshauddin, Class 8th – Indian English Academy School

The Blue Whale

“… When He decrees a matter He only says ‘be’ and it is” [Quran 3:47]

The biggest creature on the planet

  • 100 people could fit into the mouth of a blue whale.
  • Weight of a blue whale’s tongue is equal to a fully grown adult elephant.
  • A blue whale’s heart is the size of an automobile and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds (907 kg). Its heartbeat can be detected from two miles away and a human can easily crawl through its major arteries.
  • A baby blue whale emerges weighing up to 3 tons (2.7 metric tons) and stretching to 25 feet (8 meters). It gorges on nothing but mother's milk and gains about 200 pounds (91 kilograms) every day for its first year.
  • These graceful swimmers cruise the ocean at more than five miles an hour (eight kilometers an hour), but accelerate to more than 20 miles an hour (32 kilometers an hour) when they are agitated.
  • Blue whales look true blue underwater, but on the surface their coloring is more a mottled blue-gray.
  • Blue whales can produce sounds louder than a jet engine (188 decibels vs. jet engine's 140 decibels) and can communicate with other whales up to 1,000 miles away.
  • Blue whales reach these mind-boggling dimensions on a diet composed nearly exclusively of tiny shrimplike animals called krill. During certain times of the year, a single adult blue whale consumes about 4 tons (3.6 metric tons) of krill a day.
  • The spray from a blue whale's blowhole is almost as tall as a three-story building (30 feet or 9 m). A toddler can fit into its blowhole.
  • Blue whales are among the loudest animals on the planet. They emit a series of pulses, groans, and moans, and it’s thought that, in good conditions, blue whales can hear each other up to 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away. Scientists think they use these vocalizations not only to communicate, but, along with their excellent hearing, to sonar-navigate the lightless ocean depths.

Allah tells us in numerous places in the Quran to reflect upon His creation. It’s amazing how the blue whale is the largest animal on the Earth, however all it eats is krill and other small fish! To put this into perspective a blue whale can be up to 110 ft long! Their heart is the size of a car and their tongue is about the size of an automobile! Here’s a diagram comparing the size of a whale to the size of an adult human being:












Krill on the other hand range in size from 1 to 2 cm (about the size of a pen cap), the largest being 6 to 15 cm (2¼–6 in). Subhan’Allah! It’s amazing that such a small creature can sustain the life of such an enormous giant. I find it hard to believe that us as humans eat almost anything and everything, from whole camels to whole cows, while other creations of Allah eat such small amounts and still survive. Allah talks about the creation and how they rely upon Him for sustanence in Surah Hud, Aya 6:

وَمَا مِن دَآبَّةٍ۬ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ إِلَّا عَلَى ٱللَّهِ رِزۡقُهَا وَيَعۡلَمُ مُسۡتَقَرَّهَا وَمُسۡتَوۡدَعَهَا‌ۚ كُلٌّ۬ فِى ڪِتَـٰبٍ۬ مُّبِينٍ

“There is no creature on the earth which is not dependent upon Allah for its provision. He knows where it lives and where it dies. They are all in a Clear Book.”

Maybe living in this fast paced world has made us heedless to the Signs Allah has placed all around us. I think it’s good to stop, take a break and reflect upon what Allah has created so that we may strengthen our Iman and increase our love and fear of Allah.