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  • Hawaii is one of the few states that has a whale as its state mammal. The humpback whales use the island waters as a mating and calving area.
    Whale fact 5
  • Hawaii's largest dolphin, commonly known as the short-finned pilot whale, has a gestation of almost fifteen months.
    Dolphin fact 2
  • The killer whale is actually the world's largest dolphin and can grow to a size of thirty feet.
    Dolphin fact 1
  • “The Moot point is, whether Leviathan can long endure so wide a chase, so remorseless a havoc: whether he must not at last be exterminated from the waters, and the last whale, like the last man, smoke his last pipe, and then himself evaporate in the final puff.” Herman Melville
    Whale quote 2
  • “Nature just happens to have provided a cheap source of certain fats in her great sea monsters and so the mighty whales have been butchered...a harvest without a sowing.” W.J. Dakin in 1934
    Whale quote 1
  • The baleen found in the mouths of mysticetes is made of the same flexible protein contained in your fingernails.
    Whale fact 4
  • The largest and most complex brain in the world belongs to the the world's biggest odontocete; the Sperm whale.
    Whale fact 3
  • Humpback whales have brown eyes the size of a large orange with kidney shaped pupils.
    Whale fact 2
  • The largest animal on the planet, the blue whale, can have a heart the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.
    Whale fact 1
  • Similar to a chameleon in ability, dolphins have eyes that can track each independent of the other.
    dolphin fact 3
     
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