Cetacean Trivia

We figured that educators might like an easily printable list of the questions in "Cetacean Trivia." If you're floundering, you can find an answer key at the tail end of this file -- and that's no fluke!

1) How many blowholes does a baleen whale have?

A) One
B) Two
C) Three
D) None

2) What is the largest whale that ever lived?

A) Blue Whale
B) Baleen Whale
C) Humpback Whale
D) Killer Whale

3) What do baleen plates do?

A) Protect the blowhole
B) Strain food from water
C) Line inner ribs to prevent collapsing
D) Connects the stomach to mouth

4) Do whales have gills or lungs?

A) Gills
B) Lungs

5) Are whales warm or cold blooded?

A) Warm blooded
B) Cold blooded

6) What is the thick layer of fat that protects the whales from cold called?

A) Cellulose
B) Secondary skin
C) Blubber
D) Tertiary fat

8) How many blowholes do toothed whales have?

A) One
B) Two
C) Three
D) None

9) Are whales fish or mammals?

A) Mammals
B) Fish

10) Is a humpback whale a baleen whale or toothed whale?

A) Baleen
B) Toothed

11) Moving from one place to another for feeding or breeding is called:

A) Hunting
B) Ocean travel
C) Migrating
D) Breaching

12) What is a whale doing when it puts its head under water, holds its fluke above water and slaps the surface?

A) Breaching
B) Spyhopping
C) Logging
D) Lobtailing

13) What is a whale doing when it leaps head-first out of the water?

A) Breaching
B) Spyhopping
C) Logging
D) Lobtailing

14) What is the cloud of water droplets called that a whale sprays when breathing?

A) Blow
B) Spray
C) Exhale
D) H-cloud

15) When a whale vertically pushes its head above water and then sinks back down it is called:

A) Lobtailing
B) Breaching
C) Spyhopping
D) Logging

16) What is it called when a whale rests on the surface of the water without floating?

A) Lobtailing
B) Breaching
C) Spyhopping
D) Logging

17) What are male whales called?

A) Bulls
B) Big
C) Stallions
D) Cows

18) What is another name for a baby whale?

A) Kid
B) Joey
C) Calf
D) Junior

19) What is the name for a group of toothed whales?

A) Cluster
B) Pod
C) Mass
D) Conglomerate

20) What is the name for a female whale?

A) Bulls
B) Pod
C) Calf
D) Cow

21) In what order are whales classified?

A) Bulls
B) Pods
C) Cetaceans
D) Crustaceans

22) Do dolphins and porpoises have teeth or baleen?

A) Teeth
B) Baleen

23) Are whales voluntary or involuntary breathers?

A) Voluntary
B) Involuntary

24) Are Killer whales endangered?

A) Yes
B) No

25)When chased, how fast can blue whales swim?

A) 20 m.p.h.
B) 5 m.p.h
C) 10 m.p.h.
D) 12 m.p.h.

26) What is the smallest of these whales?

A) Killer Whale
B) Humpback Whale
C) Blue Whale
D) Sei Whale

27) Does a Killer whale have teeth or baleen?

A) Baleen
B) Teeth

28) Are pilot whales endangered?

A) Yes
B) No

29) What type of dolphin is seen most often in aquariums?

A) Blue Dolphin
B) Bottlenose Dolphin
C) Minke Dolphin
D) Gray Dolphin

30) What is the whale that eats other whales?

A) Killer Whale
B) Humpback Whale
C) Blue Whale
D) Sperm Whale

31) What maximum length have blue whales been known to reach?

A) Up to 100 feet
B) Up to 70 feet
C) Up to 60 feet
D) Up to 50 feet

32) Are blue whales endangered?

A) No
B) Yes

33) What color is the beluga whale as an adult?

A) White
B) Gray
C) Black
D) Dark Blue

34) How many pounds of fish can a humpback whale gulp down at one time?

A) 75 lbs
B) 100 lbs
C) 125 lbs
D) 150 lbs

35) How long can a sperm whale stay under water?

A) 1 hour
B) 2 hours
C) 3 hours
D) 4 hours

36) How deep can sperm whales dive?

A) 2,000 feet
B) 5,000 feet
C) 7,000 feet
D) More than 10,000 feet

37) Which whale is the most endangered great whale?

A) Blue Whale
B) Right Whale
C) Sperm Whale
D) Killer Whale

38) Sperm whales are found:

A) Only in equatorial latitudes
B) In all latitudes
C) In polar latitudes
D) In temperate latitudes


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Cetacean Trivia created by Jeff Teschke & Steve Galgocy, Saucon Valley High School, Class of 1996