Why And How To be Selective in Life: A Life lesson from the blue whale

Be selective in life. leave all that which is not worthwhile for your energy.


A few days back I got to see a wonderful video footage of a blue whale eating on a mass of Krill fishes. The video captioned as ‘a blue whale eats up to 3,600 Kgs of food each day and we are worried from where would the next food will come from’ amazed me so much that I felt like knowing a little more about the blue whales.
Well, I just needed an excuse to watch National Geographic!

And, what I saw there was even more amazing.

SubhanAllaah ❤️!
From their enormous weight to gigantic size, from their sound waves to their high intelligence everything is fascinating. Its tongue alone can weigh as much as an elephant and its heart as much as an automobile. The whales can grow up to the length of three school buses. And they also teach us many life lessons.

Incredible ❤️!
However, nothing amazed me like their feeding behaviour.
Blue whales reach these mind-boggling dimensions on a diet composed nearly exclusively of tiny shrimplike animals called krill. During certain times of the year, a single adult blue whale consumes about 4 tons of krill a day.

Such a giant creature feeding on a diet of such a small creature!
No, this is not what amazed me (after all it is 4 tons of that 🙄).

What particularly impressed me was what I saw in the video.
The stunning footage of a blue whale eating a mass of krill was captured by the scientists filming in the South Ocean off the coast of New Zealand. It showed that when these whales swim through a mass of krill that is not very big, they pass through without opening their mouth. They keep looking for a mass of a reasonable size for them.

I really wondered why.
And, then what I read just made me say, ‘SubhanAllaah!’

Because of their enormous size whales require a lot of energy to accelerate in the water. They speed up to about 6.7 miles just before consuming the krill, and the act of opening their mouth slows them down to about 1.1 miles per hour. They then have to expend even more energy to get back up to speed. And, that is a lot of energy. So, to conserve their energy they are very picky. They eat only when they feel the mass is large enough to spend their energy on. Otherwise, they simply ignore by keeping their mouth shut and swim through them.

Have you ever heard of the Hadeeth, “Leave All That Which Does Not Concern You”?

If I write in the language of whales, ‘leave all that which is not worthwhile for your energy.’
And, it doesn’t even end here. They have even more to teach us about being ‘selective in life’.

These whales have fringed plates of fingernail-like material, called baleen, attached to their upper jaws. The giant animals feed by first gulping an enormous mouthful of water, expanding the pleated skin on their throat and belly to take it in. Then the whale’s massive tongue forces the water out through the thin, overlapping baleen plates. Thousands of krill are left behind—and then swallowed. And, all the extra water is expelled out.

In Order to Conserve their Energy, the Blue Whales Do Not Run after Every Mass of Krill.
They Pick. They Filter.

Can we learn something here?
About being selective. To go after only that is worthwhile of our energy. And, to even filter that what is needed.
Can we?
Can we be selective like the blue whale?
Can we filter what we consume like the blue whale does?

Can we leave all that doesn’t concern us?

We need not to be on every social media. We need not to follow every account. We need not to watch every WhatsApp video we receive. We need not to click on every feed that appears. We need not to follow every hashtag. We need not to be in every trend.

We need not to know everything. We need not to discuss everything. We need not to do everything. We need not to be everything.

Some early Muslims said, “Whoever busies themselves with that which does not concern them misses out on much of that which does concern them.”

Leave all that doesn’t concern you.

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (R.A.), who said: The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) said: “Part of the perfection of someone’s Islam is his leaving alone that which does not concern him.” 

Ibn-Majah: 2518

Keep your mouth shut and swim through it.
It will save a lot of your energy. Trust the Blue Whale .

Sisterly Yours
The Might of Pen


  1. wardah

    I absolutely loved reading this! SubhanAllah, blue whales are amazing creatures and there are so many lessons to learn. Loved all the ones you mentioned. Great post! ♥

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