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Questions and Answers About Whales and a T-Shirt Giveaway

Update 9/1/2011:  This contest is now closed.  The winner is Grace Sheese!  Congrats, Grace!  Thanks to everyone who entered!

One of my son’s favorite books is Everyone Poops.  Everyone Poops reveals some important pooping facts (some animals poop on the go, while some stop to poop) and has some fun pooping humor (a one hump camel has a one hump poop, and a two hump camel has a two hump poop).  However, it leaves us with some vexing questions.  The book asks, “What does whale poop look like?” and it provides no answer.  Here’s the answer:

 

I know. I know.  You didn’t come to a cupcake blog to learn about whale poop.  So, let’s talk about whales and cupcakes.

Is this not the cutest whale cupcake shirt that you’ve ever seen?!

Want to win one? The shirt was a gift to me from Hey Cupcake! Threads and they are offering one to a Cupcake Project reader!

Here’s how to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (not on Facebook, e-mail, or Twitter) with your favorite fun fact about whales.
    • Your fact can be something true and fascinating (Google is your friend here, resist the urge to copy from the commenter above you – that’s no fun),
    • a story about a personal experience that you’ve had with whales (maybe you went whale watching),
    • or a zany and fun made up whale fact: What do you think a whale’s favorite cake flavor would be?  What games do whales like to play?  Do whales enjoy listening to Lady Gaga?
  • Be sure that your comment also includes a way to contact you if you win.

Fine Print:

  • All comments must be posted by 11:59 PM CDT on August 31, 2011.
  • Limit of one entry per person.
  • Winner will be randomly chosen on September 1.  I will email the winner and update this post with their name.
  • If I don’t hear from the winner within one week to claim their prize, I will choose a new winner.
  • Sorry, but the prize can only be shipped to a U.S. address.

Want Another Chance to Win?

Hey Cupcake! Threads has lots of other cute cupcake-themed shirts (you should check them out!).  I’ll be doing a giveaway for another shirt (you’ll see which one soon) on my Facebook page.  Be sure to Like Cupcake Project on Facebook so you don’t miss out!

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111 Responses to Questions and Answers About Whales and a T-Shirt Giveaway

  1. Sourkraut August 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    What an adorable shirt! I recently saw a video where a whale actually takes on a shark and wins! Granted, it was one of those giant killer whales but I was still very impressed. So, whale fact: They can kick some shark butt.

  2. ashley August 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    my random fact is that the whale in pinocchio ‘monstro’ is the portuguese word for ‘monster’

    ana153@jwu.edu

  3. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray August 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    My fun fact about whales: They are what’s called “conscious breathers,” so they can’t become UN-conscious for too long or they could drown! It’s thought that only one hemisphere of a whale’s brain sleeps at a time so that they’re never completely asleep. (Not too relaxing, if you ask me! :) )

  4. Ellen August 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Maybe not a fun fact, but I just recently read Moby Dick. Well, let’s just say, the book is 500 pages long, and the great white whale doesn’t show until page 420. A very loooooong story. Whales are cool, very cool.

  5. Kristine Weekley August 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Interesting fact! Orcas or Killer Whales are actually of the Dolphin family!

    Right Whales, though endangered and little is known about them, are called Right because they were the right whales to hunt, obviously almost to extinction!

    Sperm whales are called so because of the oil Spermeciti, nothing naughty! Which as we all know, those that have read Moby Dick, is produced in the head!

    Growing up we would drive our boats out to the Narrows and watch whales and Orcas in pods with their babies at the end of summer. One of the moat memorable times of my life is seeing a blue whale born in Hawaii magical!

    kristine.morton@gmail.com

  6. Anthea August 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    You must not forget the suspenders, best beloved…

    So yes, many whales don’t eat with teeth.

  7. JohnAZoidberg August 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Whales love cream of wheat

  8. Dena August 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    A whale’s penis is called a dork. How about that! So don’t let anyone call you dork again.

  9. Linda August 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    So I asked my husband what interesting fact he knew about whales…he tells me that Catherine Zeta-Jones comes from there. He thought I meant Wales the country, not whales the mammal!

    When I visited Cannon Beach in Oregon, I waited and waited and finally saw a humpback whale come up for air. It was breath-taking, no pun intended.

  10. TheYellowRose August 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Love the shirt! Up until I was about 16, my grand plan for life was to become a marine biologist to study whales in the wild. I’ve always had a fascination with dolphins especially. I love visiting my grandmother in Florida so we can watch them play and hunt in the bay right outside her condo; it’s really amazing to see how they work together!

  11. Barb August 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Super cute shirt!!

    Whales can stay under water up to 30 minutes before surfacing for air.

    barb @ pogowave.com

  12. The A Team August 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    My story is about my 2 year old son who loves whales and anything that looks like a whale. We took him to Sea World for the first time and after he saw the Shamu show he believed any body of water was home for whales. So as we drove home we passed water under the freeway and he would yell, “whale”. Or the hotel pool, he would yell “whale”! Lets just say he can tell you the difference between a Beluga, Humpback, and Blue Whale. So this shirt would be the icing on the cake :)

  13. Megan Tracey August 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Beluga whales are the only whales capable of making facial expressions…and they suddenly make me want to break into singing “Baby Beluga”! meganloraine@sbcglobal.net

  14. Michelle Brueggemann August 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Whales belong to the order Cetacea, and there are over 75 known Cetacena species. There are 15 common baleen whales and 26 common toothed whales

  15. Sara August 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Awesome whale shirt! I think a whale’s favorite cupcake flavor would be fish fingers and custard (just like Doctor Who!)

  16. Lynn August 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    This is my personal story/ happened everyday in the Winter story: Well, in about 4 months, whales will begin to migrate through Hawaii to give birth to their young. The main ones I get to see are Humpbacks and Pilot Whales. You can see them breaching from a distance! But I’ve been lucky enough to be on a boat and get close. Whales are curious! They are hams, too!

  17. Heather M August 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    What an adorable shirt!! I’d imagine whale enjoying a decadent chocolate cupcake… of course who wouldn’t enjoy a delicious chocolate cupcake?!?

    Whales breathe via blowholes; baleen whales have two and toothed whales have one. Also, the story of Jonah being swallowed by a whale also is told in the Qur’an. {via Wikipedia}

    hmnelson15{at}gmail{dot}com

  18. Antique Remedies August 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Whales do not hoop for recreation, but if they did, they would need to use a hoop that was at least 55ft across (bigger or smaller depending on the whale’s skill level!).

    ssick1@gmail.com

  19. Little Shop of Treats August 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Fun fact about whales: Humpback whales only eat in summer, feeding off their fat reserves during the winter.

  20. Grace August 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    I think it’s pretty crazy that whales feed their young milk. I can’t help but wonder, how does that work in the ocean?

    Also, one of my son’s favorite books is “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean” until a whale came along. A flimsy connection but there you go.

  21. A Bitchin' Kitchen August 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    I went whale watching a couple years ago up in Newfoundland, Canada, and didn’t see a single whale on the whole trip. I did however have a very handsome Irish tour guide, and got to see a lot of cute puffin birds, which almost made up for it :)

    - Maggie

    (email in case I win is: maggiekath at gmail.com)

  22. Vivian August 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    I went to a whale show at an aquarium and got pooped on the head by a seagull. Talk about pooping!

    mercedesbenz431@optonline.net

  23. Melinda August 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    My girls and I went whale watching this summer. In addition to frequent spottings of a mother-calf pair of blue whales, we saw their poop floating on the water. It was bright red, apparently due to the krill they were feasting on. Who knew?

  24. Anonymous August 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Saw a pod of whales from the ferry heading up to Shaw Island…sooo cool!!

    tcampbell04@frontier.com

  25. Anonymous August 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Whales would love a sardine cupcake…yep, I think so.

    phoenixbakingco@gmail.com

  26. Kerry August 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    I had the opportunity to go whale watching while in the 5th grade in Alaska. Pretty cool for a kid from Wisconsin since our Great Lakes don’t hold too many whales.

    kerry.kassie@gmail.com

  27. Kelly VanHoveln August 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    cute shirt! Did you know that the killer whale, which I did a report on in 6th grade, actually belongs to the dolphin family? Some things you never forget!
    kellyjean81 @ gmail.com

  28. Contagious Cupcakes August 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Oh that would be sucha great one to add to my collection of cupcake t-shirts!

  29. wendy August 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Ooh, such a cute shirt!! While in Alaska last year we went on a wildlife-watching boat trip from Seward & saw lots of birds and dall’s porpoises and glaciers. The highlight was definitely seeing both a finn whale and a humpback whale! Amazing creatures and amazing trip!

    princessfreeona(at)gmail(dot)com

  30. Contagious Cupcakes August 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    oh and my favorite song is baby baluga! sing it in my classroom all the time! bridget__b@hotmail.com forgot my e mail!

  31. Kim August 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Awesome whale loving his cupcakes t-shirt! When our family took an Alaskan cruise, one of the highlights was actually seeing a whale breach. A breach is when a whale generates enough upward force with its flukes to raise two-thirds of its body out of the water. And I was the only one who caught it all on camera. Fantastic sight that I won’t forget!

  32. Kristin August 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    A blue whale’s tongue weighs around 6,000 pounds. Could you imagine how many cupcakes would fit in their mouth at once? That sure would be a lot of gefilte fish cupcakes with horseradish whipped cream! Their favorite of course.

    bake.something@hotmail.com

  33. kristacular August 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    holy hybrid batman! A wholphin is a rare hybrid, born from a mating of a bottlenose dolphin and a false killer whale. CRAZYSAUCE!

    Love the shirt!

    kristacalar27 at gmail dot com

  34. Harmony August 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Whales have pop songs! Whales can pick up songs from each other, and a catchy song can travel thousands of miles from whale to whale over a couple of years. http://www.cracked.com/article_19388_6-things-you-wont-believe-animals-do-just-like-us.html

  35. GScott August 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    My whale fact stems from my readings about breast feeding. Whale cows nurse by squirting milk, so fatty that it has the consistency of toothpaste, into the mouths of their young. It contains 40-65% milk fat, compared to just 4-5% for human or cows milk. Nursing continues for more than a year in many species.

    Gabi@catsam.com

  36. Carmen Shiu August 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

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  37. Carmen Shiu August 28, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    Male orcas live up to about 30 years, while females live up to 80 years. What a huge difference!

    carmenshiu07[[@]]gmail[[dot]]com

  38. Andie Mac August 28, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    The Blue Whale’s heart is the size of a small car, its tongue the size of an African Elephant, and its major artery, the aorta, is large enough for a small child to climb through.

  39. melanie August 29, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea at 40 feet or more! and fortunately for us, they crave plankton, not cupcake-filled-bellies of humans! hooray!

  40. Kristin August 29, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    Cute shirt! I recently saw a clip of a whale that was saved by some passerbys on a boat. The whale got tangled up in a fishing net, and was really struggling. The people, who I think were just going for a ride, so no experts to say the least, saw this whale was struggling, so they tried to untangle the whale. After several hours, and several attempts (meanwhile, getting the net off would be life or death for this creature), they did it. After the whale swam off, she came up out of the water several times, almost to give her heros a little “thank you.” There’s a video somewhere of it…good stuff!

    kristin.ad.fisher@gmail.com

  41. becky.wardlaw@gmail.com August 29, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    My whale fact is that I saw Keiko the killer whale from the Free Willy movies while visiting Iceland in the 2000. Scientists were trying to get him to hunt on his own and maybe get him to join a pod. However he kept returning to the cove. They were at a loss on how to get him to return to the wild. It was very sad….

  42. UTCarly August 29, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    I wonder if whales notice boats. Do fish/whales look at us like we watch them? Do they view boats like their own bath toys?

  43. lamn August 29, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    Where do whales sleep?

    email: faultybrakes@gmail.com

  44. Kelli August 29, 2011 at 5:41 am #

    A fin whale’s heart can weigh up to 500 pounds.. :)

  45. Donna August 29, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    The shirt is too cute! I found it interesting that sperm whales have the largest brains in the world- about seven times larger than the human brain! :) I did a little more researching and found out that “killer whales” aren’t even whales- they’re the largest species of dolphin! It got its name from actually killing whales for food. Wow.
    You can contact me by emailing me at teacupstutus@yahoo.com :)

  46. Mel August 29, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    I’m going to go with a made-up factoid: I bet whales would LOVE chocolate cupcakes with nutella frosting :)

  47. Lauren (PB&G) August 29, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Oh that shirt is adorable!!

    I recently went to the Shedd Aquarium with the bf and we sat and watched the belugas forever. They’re so vocal and, surprisingly, jealous when another whale moves in on their trainer! We couldn’t stop laughing!

    My favorite will probably always be the orcas, though. =)

    leraustin @ gmail . com

  48. Lauren (PB&G) August 29, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Oh that shirt is adorable!!

    I recently went to the Shedd Aquarium with the bf and we sat and watched the belugas forever. They’re so vocal and, surprisingly, jealous when another whale moves in on their trainer! We couldn’t stop laughing!

    My favorite will probably always be the orcas, though. =)

    leraustin @ gmail . com

  49. Lauren (PB&G) August 29, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Oh that shirt is adorable!!

    I recently went to the Shedd Aquarium with the bf and we sat and watched the belugas forever. They’re so vocal and, surprisingly, jealous when another whale moves in on their trainer! We couldn’t stop laughing!

    My favorite will probably always be the orcas, though. =)

    leraustin @ gmail . com

  50. Lauren (PB&G) August 29, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Oh that shirt is adorable!!

    I recently went to the Shedd Aquarium with the bf and we sat and watched the belugas forever. They’re so vocal and, surprisingly, jealous when another whale moves in on their trainer! We couldn’t stop laughing!

    My favorite will probably always be the orcas, though. =)

    leraustin @ gmail . com

  51. phyllismay@yahoo.com August 29, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    Just saw the water come out of the blow hole of whales in alaska. Beautiful. I think more interesting than poop is the way they feed with many whales creating a bubble net to surround fish and then eat the ones netted. Very clever

  52. Darragh August 29, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    I learned last week at my lab meeting that humpback whales have a behavior where they scrape the sand along the bottom of the water to kick up hiding food to eat. They use one side of their nose to move the sand. Using trackers attached to the whale, scientists have discovered that individual whales prefer using one side over the other, just like humans have right/left handed preferences.

    darragh204 (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  53. Anonymous August 29, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    I watched “Finding Nemo” recently with my kids. They found the scene in which Dory (voiced by Ellen Degeneres) imitates whale talk absolutely hilarious! If you haven’t seen this movie, or it’s been a while since you’ve seen it, you should watch it or re-visit it.

    And so, on that note, my whale fact is that Humpback whales use a form of song to communicate through the water. Sound travels over four times as fast in water than it does on land, making whale communication far quicker than human communication. Scientists have discovered that these songs are geographically specific because whales of the same area will often sing variations of the same songs, whereas whales from distant regions sing entirely different songs.

    ackoacko1@netscape.net

  54. Stephanie August 29, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    I went whale watching in Cape Cod when I was in high school, and found out the cutest thing about humpbacks:

    The babies (called calves, like cows, which I also thought was interesting) stay with the mother for a FULL YEAR before branching out on their own! :)

    misscongeniality (at) gmail (dot) com

  55. Anonymous August 29, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Oops! I was post #50. I gave you my incorrect info. It’s actually:

    ackoacko1@aim.com

  56. Stefanie August 29, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    We read everyone poops to my son when we were potty training him. He loved that book. I watched a TV show on a whale giving birth.

  57. Ginger August 29, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    Fun fact: some male killer whales do not stay in familiar groups, and instead become transient individuals known as “Rovers”. Killer whales also sometimes “play” with their food; younger whales have been documented literally throwing their food (i.e. seas and sea lions) to each other, but scientists aren’t exactly sure why they do it, if its a learn-to-hunt exercise or social bonding or because they’re whales so why not. Whales were my favourite part of mammology. :)

    I can be reached at lovstrom at gmail dot com.

  58. Grace M. Plaza August 29, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Narwhales are the only whales with teeth. They have a tooth hiden under the gums. Males have another tooth which sticks out from their head lke a tusk. This tusk can grow up to 8 feet long. I saw some in an Aquarium in Connecticut and they are incredible!

  59. Annie Luhmann August 29, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    I love this shirt! Here is a fun fact: Sperm Whales have the largest brain on the planet. It may weigh 20 pounds.

    My email is annieluh1@gmail.com

  60. Sarah August 29, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Crazy fact: Justin Beiber’s song “You Smile” slowed 800% sounds like whales. Seriously. Google it and listen.

    This shirt is adorable!

  61. Pat R August 29, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I have loved, loved, loved whales since I was a little girl and my favorite vacation was to Alaska. While taking a boat trip we had many whales breech and play with the boat. It was the most remarkable sight I have ever seen.

    psrrn@aol.com

  62. Sandia, Bite of Life Baking Company August 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    My comment has whales & poop (kinda)! :)

    While at Target, my 2 3/4yr old daughter needed to be changed. As she stood up on the changing table, she looked into the mirror and said, “Do you speak whale?” from Finding Nemo. Out of the blue and hilarious!!

    By the by, super cute t-shirt!!
    Thanks Stef & Hey Cupcake Threads!!
    Sandia Hoormann
    sandia.hoormann@gmail.com

  63. PLEPOMA August 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Love the shirt. Want to win!! Whales favorite game: Hide and Poop, no, I mean Hide and Seek….
    plepoma@aol.com

  64. Anonymous August 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    When I think about whale watching I automatically think of Bill Engval’s Whale watching skit!
    http://youtu.be/GQFwur9JTiY
    Just ignore the visuals.
    brandyhelman@hotmail.com

  65. caitlinsredpup August 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Such a cute shirt!
    Although the picture on the shirt leads you to believe otherwise, whales do not spout cupcakes (or water) from their blow holes! They are actually letting out air from their lungs. The warm air forms a cloud, like ours does in the winter. As it comes out it will also push any water which is covering the blow hole high into the air.

    caitlinsredpup@gmail.com

  66. Anonymous August 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    I live in Hawaii and every year in elementary school we would go whale watching for one of our field trips. I can still remember how excited we would all get when a whale would jump out of the water and make a huge splash! :)

    ticktock22@hotmail.com

  67. jacquie August 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    What’s NOT amazing about whales? I am tossed to tell you about 2 perticular whale events I just had this summer. The juvenile that was showing off and accidently thumped our boat with his flipper, or the bubble-net feeding experience. I chose the bubble-net story.
    We were suppose to be fishing, but saw a pod of about 12 humpbacks bubble-net feeding which is crazy amazing! They go under water and disappear for about 10 minutes. They then all come up at the same time with mouths wide open. Their chin (throat grooves) expand enormously as they fill up with water and herring. When they are under they are chasing & corralling herring so you don’t know where they are. It does help to watch the gulls because they can see the fish surfacing and want to grab a snack.
    We were at the safe legal distance watching these things & trying to get the perfect photo op. This is not easy when you don’t know where they will surface & when they do, it’s fast!
    The whales went down & the water is calm & quiet. The birds are circling and wondering where they are. All at once the birds swarmed our little 20ft boat. They were squaking & diving. Our boat’s fish finder went black & before I could say “Oh S%&~@!!,” the whales came up on all sides of our boat. Mouths open, throat grooves swishing & loud noise coming out of their blowholes, I saw this enormous flipper go right pass me. They were so careful to not touch our boat…CRAZY !! These things are as long as a tour bus! Our boat was going in circles from the current they were causing under us. Just like that, the whales left & continued feeding farther away. They are just amazing gentle giants! I am blessed to live in Juneau Alaska !!

  68. Tayler Quigley August 30, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    ramentea@yahoo.com

    Baby whales(calves) really weigh tons and grow at an exponential rate because from birth their mother feeds them a steady diet of krill cupcakes. #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

    C:

  69. slightlyawkward August 30, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Whales love to eat curry! True fact.
    Not really, it’s a made-up fact. :)

  70. roarkd65@yahoo.com August 30, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Love your blog, love the shirt!
    My whale fun fact: Jonah was spit out of the belly of a whale. I’m sure a scrumptious cupcake would never be spit out.

  71. Nuttin' but Cookies August 30, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    I saw a story today about Orca whales that eat great white sharks. I had no idea.
    I think the Whales and cupcakes shirt is much sweeter.

  72. Michelle August 30, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    What a cute shirt! I’ve never been on a whale watching tour. I’ve been too chicken to get on a small boat and see such a large creature.

    I don’t know much about whales so I had to google it and learned that a typical whale song last up to 30 minutes!

    If I win I can be contacted through facebook at facebook.com/mthayer2

  73. K-MO August 30, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    I adore that shirt! I love whales and dolphins and am a firm supporter of “save the dolphins and whales groups”. But, my favorite fact about a whale is a bit inappropriate. It refers to the male organ, called a Dork. haha. I STOPPED calling my friends this when I found out. LOL

  74. Anonymous August 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    The worlds biggest mammal is the blue whale!!! My contact info…perrrla@cox.net

  75. ahammel August 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    I think that if I could hear a whale sing it would be so awesome!

    hammel@vnet.net

  76. Kelly M August 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    The so-called killer whales can be 32 ft long, weigh 6 tons, and have 50 dagger-like teeth. Surprisingly, despite their name, they are not whales but oversized dolphins!!

  77. Natasha August 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Whales are quite fantastic. They usually only eat plankton and bland fishy food, but on occasion, such as their nephew narwhal’s birthday, they’ll enjoy a scrumptious lemon or blueberry cupcake (though it must be topped with some shredded seaweed, of course).

    tashi 4 @ mac.com

  78. Andi August 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    A single breath from a mature blue whale can inflate up to 2,000 balloons. I’m inviting one to my next birthday party!

    boyer.d@gmc.edu

  79. Courtney August 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I adore this shirt… When you said to share a fun fact about whales (& this is totally off the wall) but I am a big antique road show fanatic and one of the most intriging pieces I’ve every seen shown was a silver hair brush and vanity set. It was found on a dive with a whaling ship and believed to belong to that captain’s wife. But the bristles were made from whale baleen! I was amazed by the use of materials. There were so many uses of whale baleen from those times also that I’m sure I could bore you to death with from sewing needles to hair combs/pins!

  80. Tezcatlipoca98 August 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    2 fun facts:

    Sperm whales are called sperm whales because the oil they got from them, spermaceti, looked like sperm, even though it came from the big bulgy nose area.

    A blue whale’s penis can be about 10 feet long.

    Whale penis leather used to be used to make those golf club caddy things. gross.

    melissa(dot)b(dot)gabehart(at)gmail(dot)com

  81. Chelsea August 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    a humpback whale can eat up to one ton of food a day! that’s a lot of cupcakes :)

  82. fitinthemidwest August 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Maybe it’s because it’s my bedtime, but I think this fact from Wikipedia is really interesting.

    “Unlike most animals, whales are conscious breathers. All mammals sleep, but whales cannot afford to become unconscious for long because they may drown. It is thought that only one hemisphere of the whale’s brain sleeps at a time, so they rest but are never completely asleep.”

    Cute shirt!

    fitinthemidwest@gmail.com

  83. Alyssa August 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    I once went whale watching in Maine. Though the weather was deceptively sunny, the was really rough, and people were seasick all over the ship. We didn’t see any whales. They gave us free passes for another trip, but I don’t think anyone wanted them…

    Ironically, our friends who had skipped the whale watch to go kayaking actually saw whales. Go figure.

  84. Ramsay Robotics Inc. August 31, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    ADORABLE SHIRT! I’m going to do a completely made up whale fact. Whales love eating red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing while playing Super Mario Carts and Googling funny cat videos. And they love listening to Katy Perry.
    zoe_dancer8@hotmail.com

  85. Jamie August 31, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    My random factoid: orcas must like black and white cake the best because it looks like them. it’s true. ask the nest one you meet… in the wilds of dallas! :-)

  86. lilosubabe August 31, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Love the shirt! I have always had a fascination with whales and any species of sea life. As a child, I remember going to the zoo and aquariums here in Oklahoma and whale watching. I defnitely think whales would enjoy chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting! :)

  87. lilosubabe August 31, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Love the shirt! I have always had a fascination with whales and any species of sea life. As a child, I remember going to the zoo and aquariums here in Oklahoma and whale watching. I defnitely think whales would enjoy chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting! :)

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  88. Emily B August 31, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    We went whale watching on our Alaskan cruise and actually saw an Orca eat a seal. It was mind-blowing!

  89. Diane August 31, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    The blue whale is not only the largest animal, it is also the loudest. The call of a blue whale can reach up to 188 decibels and be heard hundreds of miles away. That is almost three times as loud as a human can shout and even louder than a jet.

  90. Tricia August 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    But of course, a whale is mammal… and not a fish! That’s an easy fact. But my interesting fact is: a baby blue whale will gain 10 pounds an HOUR for the first several weeks of its life!

  91. Jones August 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    A whale’s favorite cupcake would be calamari-cream.

    and a little joke, just for fun =)

    Q:Why did the whale cross the ocean?
    A: to get to the other tide.

  92. Kelibean August 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Whales can’t sleep very long because they have to remember to surface to breathe. One half of their brain sleeps while the other is awake. Its the only way they can get the amount of sleep they need…. poor whales.

  93. Ruth August 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    My 3 year old daughter listens to a “whale calls” (sounds of whales in the ocean) cd whenever she goes to bed at night (or nap). Recently she spent a weekend with her cousins, and apparently her uncle scared her about the whales- now she has to have a fish nightlight next to the cd player to protect her from the big whales, lol! I have yet to tell her the whales would probably eat them. But she’s always preferred listening to them over any other cd! (zipfel@usc.edu)

  94. Symone August 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Did you know bubblegum is made from whales blubber, and female whales are pregnant for one year! (i couldn’t imagine)
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  95. Gumbicat August 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Whales can’t breathe through their mouths. The mouth is connected directly to the stomach. They breathe through their blow holes, which go to the lungs.
    gumbicat@comcast.net

  96. Jitterbug August 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Whale’s have only been known to birth twins in one instance. Whether they’re identical or fraternal was a mystery.

  97. UTCarly August 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    I am not sure if you know this, but both whales and monkeys are avid believers and experts in extraterrestrial life forms. Whales favorite flavor is cotton candy while monkeys are partial to jalepeno icecream.

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  98. Cara August 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    OMG that shirt is sooo cute!! I think the coolest thing about whales is their songs. Their songs can be heard as far away as 20 miles. Crazy!!

    caragraf292@gmail.com

  99. Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Wales blow bubbles (to confuse thier fishie prey before they eat them )& have strainers in thier mouths.

  100. Eryn 'Ginny' Mord August 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    The Norwall whale is sometimes called the “unicorn of the sea” because of it’s single horn on it’s snout.

    Cute shirt! :o )
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  101. Karen Sugar Lips August 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    My Fun Fact about Whales: The voice of the blue whale is one of the deepest voices on the planet. It is so powerful that it can travel for perhaps a hundred miles underwater.

  102. Rockin Robyn August 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Chinese mythology involving a whale: In China, Yu-kiang, a whale with the hands and feet of a man was said to rule the ocean.

    That’s quite a stretch from Disney’s Triton :)

  103. Rockin Robyn August 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

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  104. Amanda August 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I learned this one in high school biology…the blue whale has two ton testes.

    ajstern22@yahoo.com

  105. LaurenP August 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    The beluga whale is called beluga or sea canary due to its high-pitched twitter. lauren.plemons@yahoo.com

  106. Tashva August 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    Well, my whale fact is boring. Just that it’s the loudest animal ever. But also because it’s one of the biggest. One of the smallest loudest animals is Micronecta scholtzi.

  107. sarah August 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

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  108. sarah August 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Whales like salted caramel cupcakes because they’re salty like the sea!

    sarah.culleton@gmail.com

  109. Stephanie August 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    I love whales. I did a report on narwhals when I was younger and I think I remember that might be where the unicorn myth originated. Also the “horn” is actually a very overgrown tooth- kind of like baby chicks.

  110. Susu March 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Nice post. Love the shirt and video

  111. Amanda Allen January 4, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    Whales and funny t-shirts looks amazing on wearing. And also all the t-shirts presented above looks super cool.

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