The Number of the Day: 17

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The gestation period for a killer whale is 17 months. But there’s a good reason for that—after that 17 months, Baby Shamu emerges weighing anywhere from 265-353 pounds and measuring about 8.5 feet long.

Related Link: The Quick 10: 10 Gestation Periods in the Animal Kingdom.

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