That depends on the species. Some whales can remain underwater for a whopping 60 minutes. On the other hand, species like the Humpback can only remain under water between 30 and 45 minutes. Whales in the arctic can often run into trouble when trying to find pockets of open water to surface and take in a breath.
Sperm whales can hold their breath for 90 minutes. In order to eat squid, they must swim to 3280 feet below the surface to find them. Diving this far, hunting, and rising to the surface takes a long time, which is why they can hold their breath for such a great period of time.
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