In news: A young biologist has recreated a blue whale from the skeletal remains of dead blue whales washed ashore on the Andhra Pradesh coast, replicating its natural anatomy structure.

Common Name: Blue whale

Location: They are found in all oceans except enclosed seas and the Arctic. Size: The blue whale is the largest animal ever known to have existed. They can weigh up to 200 tonnes (whereas an adult male African elephant weighs 6 tonnes). 

IUCN Status: Endangered

India: Schedule I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.