A whale stuffed animal is a wonderful substitute for a teddy bear. After all, whale stuffed animals are large, and soft and plush just like the teddy. In addition, while not the traditional choice for a plush toy, they are still a welcome addition to any plush toy collection.
Whales live in every ocean in the world. They belong to the cetacea species which are mammals that live in the water. Whales are descendants of animals that lived on land for millions of years who then returned to the water. They are close relatives of both dolphins and porpoises and are unusually large. In fact, the blue whale is considered the largest animal on the planet. Scientists have identified two types of whale which have numerous sub-species within each group: baleen and toothed whales. Baleen whales have a specifically designed jaw structure that allows them to filter their food out of water. Toothed whales have teeth which are used to kill their food.
Even though they resemble dolphins (though a much larger version of them), the most familiar whale of all the species that exist is the killer whale. While killer whale’s are part of the toothed whale group, they are members of the dolphin family. Like all whales, killer whales are warm-blooded mammals that breath air. There are three species of killer whale including: Resident Killer Whales, Transient Killer Whales, and Off-shore Killer Whales. What sets the three apart are their physical appearances, social behavior, food, and dialects. In online stores there are killer whale stuffed animals that don’t necessarily belong to any of the discernible species. All that’s really important, especially for a child interested in having one, is that these whale plush animals are large and cuddly. Like the whale they’re designed after, the killer whale stuffed animals have black and white coloration and a streamlined body shape. They also have the requisite pectoral and dorsal fins.
Killer whales use their fins for a variety of ‘tasks;’ their round pectoral fins are used for steering and stopping and their dorsal fin acts as a hydrodynamic element to help stabilize them in the water. Their dorsal fin is the most prominent and not surprisingly (given how big they are), can grow up to six feet on a male killer whale. Female dorsal fins, on the other hand, are three to four feet and are sometimes curved.
Some male killer whales can live to the ripe old age of forty, though it’s conceivable that they could go to up to sixty years of age. Females, typically live longer and have been known to live until they’re eighty. A whale stuffed animal will never age in the true sense of the word it’ll be around for as long as you want it to be.