It’s another installment of We Are Fanimaly! Come learn who’s related to who!

ImageThat’s right everyone- hippos and whales are related to each other. This is recent discovery thanks to DNA. Scientist don’t have a full understanding of this relationship and it’s evolutionary timeline, but we think it is super cool! 


  • Hippopotamus means river horse.
  • Hippos have clear membranes that help them see under water.
  • Hippos can not swim. They actually walk along riverbeds.
  • Hippos “sweat” a red/pink mucus that helps keep their skin moist.
  • Hippos spend most of their day in water and their nights on land grazing.
  • Hippos are social animals and live in herds.
  • Hippos have large canine and incisor teeth.
  • Scientist have discovered in recent years that hippos sing songs underwater.


  • Whales are marine mammals.
  • Blue whales are the largest mammal on earth.
  • Orcas or Killer whales are actually the largest member of the dolphin family.
  • Whales are carnivores.
  • There are toothed whales and baleen whales.
  • Toothed whales are smaller than baleen whales.
  • Some whales, like the humpback sing songs to communicate with each other.
  • Some whales use echolocation to find food.
  • Many whales and dolphins are social animals.
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2 thoughts on “WE ARE FANIMALY!!

  1. That is so cool!!!!

  2. If hippos have canine teeth, then I must have hippo teeth!

    Love and licks,

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