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.