Whales are not fish

Whales live in the water, but they are not fish. Whales are mammals like dogs, cats, bears and humans.



Fish have organs called gills that help them get oxygen from the water. Whales have lungs and need to breath oxygen from the air.

This fish is a shark.


Most fish lay eggs. Whales, like all mammals give birth to live young and feed their babies milk.

This mother and calf are right whales. They are a very endangered species.


Mastery Questions

1. Which type of animals are whales?

2. Do whales have gills?

3. Do whales lay eggs?

4. Do baby whales drink milk?

5. What do we call baby whales?

6. Name two species of fish.


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