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I really love cetaceans a lot, so I wanted to start a blog where I could say one fact about them every day! (If you didn’t know, cetaceans include animals like whales, dolphins, and porpoises) I know I’ve only done 2 entries but I’m going to take a break for now.

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Fact #3

This fact is going to be a little bit more sad, at least it is to me. There’s a type of porpoise called the vaquita. Its name comes from the word for “little cow” in Spanish. Vaquitas are critically endangered due to fishing in their only habitat, the Gulf of California. A type of fish called the totoaba lives in the same habitat as vaquitas do, and totoabas are hunted for their bladders, which can sell for thousands of dollars. Vaquitas get trapped in fishing nets, and scientists estimate

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Phantom in Porpoises

Fact #2

Orcas are really, really, REALLY smart. Orcas have their own languages and even their own accents, depending on where they live. Some orcas even learn dolphin languages! Orcas can also be trained to speak a few human words, which is really impressive because orcas don’t have the same speech capabilities as we do. Humans don’t know any words in orca languages!

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Phantom in Orcas

Fact #1

There’s two types of cetaceans, baleen whales and toothed whales. I’m going to talk about toothed whales, which includes orcas, sperm whales, dolphins, and porpoises. All toothed whales have an organ called a melon in their heads, and it’s made of fat and believed to help them echolocate. The melon is most prominent in beluga whales. A fun fact about melons is that they can be super squishy! Squishing them doesn’t hurt their brain in any way (but they might be a bit annoyed with you if you d

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Phantom in Beluga Whales

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