100+ Whale Trivia Questions and Answers

Whales are some of the most majestic creatures to rule the seas and oceans. They are some of the largest marine mammals known to man and have characteristics that make them extremely fascinating. So learning a thing or two about them through whale trivia should be guaranteed fun.

Whale Trivia

Did you know some of these things about whales?

  • Bowhead Whales can live up to 200 years.
  • Sperm whales, , porpoises, and orcas are part of a class of whales called “toothed whales.”
  • Air- not water- sprays out of a whale’s blowhole.
  • Ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are the common threats to North Atlantic right whales.
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Whale Trivia Questions and Answers

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Keiko is the name of a whale that appeared in what 1993 American family drama film?▶ Free Willy
What is a group of whales called?▶ A pod
What whale species is the only living representative of the genus Balaena?▶ Bowhead Whales
What whale has the scientific name Eschrichtius robustus?▶ Pacific Gray Whales
What are the largest whales in the world?▶ Blue Whale
What what has a stark white coloring and globular head?▶ Beluga Whale
What kind of whales have baleen plates as teeth?▶ Baleen Whales
What’s the next biggest dolphin species next to Killer Whales?▶ Pilot Whale
The Killer Whales is the largest of which family of marine mammals?▶ Dolphins
What whales sing the most complex songs in the animal kingdom?▶ The Humpback Whale 
What’s the other name for goose-beaked whales?▶ Cuvier’s Beaked Whales
What’s the longest migration known by a Humbpack whale?▶ 9,800 kilometres, from Brazil to Madagascar
What month is whale week celebrated?▶ February
Which animal has the largest brain?▶ The sperm whale has the largest brain weighing around 17 pounds.
What is the largest animal currently on Earth?▶ Blue Whale
What is the largest animal on Earth?▶ Blue whale
How many blowholes do baleen whales have?▶ Two
What is the smallest species of whale?▶ Dwarf sperm whale
What is the scientific name for killer whales?▶ Orcinus orca
Which whale species is known for its long, spiral-shaped tusks?▶ Narwhal
Which whale species is known for its unique, trumpet-like vocalizations?▶ Humpback whale
What is the term for a group of whales?▶ Pod
Which whale species has the largest brain of any animal?▶ Sperm whale
Which whale species is known for its distinct, heart-shaped blowhole?▶ Gray whale
What is the term for the behavior of whales jumping out of the water and landing with a splash?▶ Breaching
Which whale species is known for its distinctive black and white markings?▶ Killer whale
What is the name of the largest toothed whale?▶ Sperm whale
Which whale species is known for its blue-gray coloring and flattened head?▶ Beluga whale
What is the name of the whale that is hunted by the indigenous people of Alaska for its meat and blubber?▶ Bowhead whale
Which whale species is known for its long, curved dorsal fin?▶ Fin whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “unicorn of the sea”?▶ Narwhal
What is the name of the whale that has a distinctive hump on its back?▶ Humpback whale
Which whale species is known for its distinct, black and white coloring and melodic vocalizations?▶ Humpback whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea canary” because of its high-pitched vocalizations?▶ Beluga whale
Which whale species is known for its long, slender body and narrow, pointed flippers?▶ Minke whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “devil fish” because of its aggressive behavior toward whalers?▶ Sperm whale
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, trumpet-like vocalizations and complex songs?▶ Humpback whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “canary of the sea” because of its loud, high-pitched vocalizations?Sperm whale
Which whale species is known for its long, pointed snout and narrow, curved dorsal fin?False killer whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “blackfish”?Pilot whale
Which whale species is known for its long, flattened snout and small, curved dorsal fin?Risso’s dolphin
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea parrot” because of its colorful beak?Atlantic puffin
Which whale species is known for its long, slender body and distinctive, curved dorsal fin?Common dolphin
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “cow of the sea” because of its slow, gentle nature?Manatee
Which whale species is known for its long, narrow beak and tall, curved dorsal fin?Spinner dolphin
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea unicorn” because of its tusk-like tooth?Narwhal
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, flat head and white, angular jawline?Melon-headed whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea cow”?Manatee
Which whale species is known for its long, slender body and distinctive, hooked dorsal fin?Orca whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea pig” because of its fleshy snout?Spectacled porpoise
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, crescent-shaped dorsal fin and complex social behavior?Pseudorca whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea leopard” because of its spotted coat?Leopard seal
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, hooked dorsal fin and unique vocalizations?Orca whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “killer whale”?Orca whale
Which whale species is known for its large, round head and unique, trumpet-like vocalizations?Sperm whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea elephant” because of its size and trunk-like nose?Elephant seal
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “long-finned pilot whale”?False killer whale
Which whale species is known for its long, pointed snout and small, triangular dorsal fin?Harbor porpoise
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea unicorn” because of its long, spiraled tooth?Narwhal
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, black and white coloring and large, rounded head?Killer whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea wolf” because of its fierce reputation?Orca whale
Which whale species is known for its long, pointed snout and distinctive, triangular dorsal fin?Common dolphin
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea cow”?Manatee
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, black and white coloring and narrow, pointed dorsal fin?False killer whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sailfish of the sea”?Sailfish
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, crescent-shaped dorsal fin and complex social behavior?False killer whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea ghost” because of its elusive nature?Beaked whale
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, white, angular jawline and long, slender body?Melon-headed whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea unicorn” because of its long, spiraled tooth?Narwhal
Which whale species is known for its long, slender body and distinctive, hooked dorsal fin?Orca whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea parrot” because of its colorful beak?Atlantic puffin
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, black and white coloring and tall, curved dorsal fin?Killer whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea unicorn” because of its tusk-like tooth?Narwhal
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, flat head and white, angular jawline?Melon-headed whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “cow of the sea” because of its slow, gentle nature?Manatee
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, flattened snout and small, curved dorsal fin?Risso’s dolphin
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, curved dorsal fin and large, rounded head?Killer whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “wolves of the sea” because of its fierce reputation?Orca whale
Which whale species is known for its long, slender body and distinctive, hooked dorsal fin?Orca whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea elephant” because of its size and trunk-like nose?Elephant seal
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, black and white coloring and narrow, pointed dorsal fin?False killer whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea unicorn” because of its long, spiraled tooth?Narwhal
Which whale species is known for its long, slender body and distinctive, white, beaked mouth?Hector’s dolphin
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, curved dorsal fin and complex social behavior?False killer whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea ghost” because of its elusive nature?Beaked whale
Which whale species is known for its distinctive, black and white coloring and large, rounded head?Killer whale
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea pig” because of its fleshy snout?Spectacled porpoise
Which whale species is the only species of the genus Grampusnout?Risso’s dolphin
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “cow of the sea” because of its slow, gentle nature?Manatee
What is the name of the whale that is sometimes called the “sea parrot” because of its colorful beak?Atlantic puffin

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