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Largest Animal in the World

In this article provided by Edvog.com you will learn about the largest animal in the world and also about some other big animals, if you want to know what is the largest land animal in the world, we recommend you the following article Largest Land Animal on Earth

What is the biggest animal in the world? If you want to know what is the largest animal alive today or the largest animal who ever lived on earth, you need to know that the animal in question is one and the same, because, the largest animal nowadays is also the largest animal to have ever existed, namely the blue whale.

The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)

The blue whale is the largest marine mammal and the heaviest known animal to have ever existed, much larger than the largest dinosaur. The blue whale average mass is 110 tonnes (242,500 pounds) and the average total length is 24 meters (78 feet), even so, is 2-3 times larger than the heaviest Sauropod (Dinosaur) known from a complete skeleton. The heaviest blue whale was a female caught in the Southern Ocean on 20 March 1947, the whale had a recorded weight of 190 tonnes (418,878 pounds) and 27 meters (90 feet) in length. Generally, blue whale females are larger than blue whale males. The longest blue whale recorded was 33.58 meters (110 feet) in length, this is the record length for a mammal, but not for all the animals found on Earth, because, the longest animal found on earth is the bootlace worm, a record-breaking bootlace worm specimen was found to measure over 55 meters (180 feet) long. A blue whale has literally the biggest heart found on Earth, the blue whale heart can weigh around 680 kilograms (1,500 pounds) and is almost as large as a small car. Blue whales make the loudest sounds in the animal kingdom (almost 190 decibels), this low-frequency sounds (between 10 and 40 Hz) last less than thirty seconds and can be heard from hundreds of kilometers away. This magnificent and record-breaking animal species feed almost exclusively on krill, and because, blue whales have no teeth and use baleen plates for filtering food from water, they belong to the suborder of baleen whales, also called Mysticeti. Blue whales look truly blue underwater, but in reality the skin is blue-gray colored. Blue whales have a long streamlined body with a U-shaped flat head, long and thin flippers and small tail flukes.

A blue whale calf at birth is already among the planet's largest creatures with an estimated weight of 2-3 tonnes (4,400-6,600 pounds) and 7 meters (23 feet) long. A calf gains between 90 kilograms (200 pounds) and 110 kilograms (240 pounds) every day for its first year, the first six months calves drink only the mother's milk. Nowadays, with over 8000 blue whales swimming the world's oceans, they are declared an endangered species, the largest concentration of blue whales in the world feed along the California coast. Even though the global blue whale population is increasing the best chance to see a blue whale up close is to book a whale-watching cruise in the Gulf of Maine or in other areas of the world where blue whales have been frequently seen. Between March and September every year, more whales have been observed close to shore, in Southern California.

Blue Whale Facts

If you have a question or you think we have omitted some important details about blue whales, please contact us through our Contact page. Below you will find a list made by us with the most important facts about blue whales:

- the heaviest known animal to have ever existed / 190 tonnes (418,878 pounds)
- the longest mammal alive / 33.58 meters (110 feet)
- females are larger than males
- the largest heart on Earth / 680 kilograms (1,500 pounds)
- the loudest sound in the animal kingdom (almost 190 decibels)
- blue whales have no teeth, they use baleen plates
- average life span is 80 to 90 years
- can reach speeds of 50 km/h (31 mph), typical traveling speed is 20 km/h (12 mph)
- the spray from its blowhole can reach nearly 9 meters (30 feet) into the air
- spend summers feeding in polar waters and winters in the Equator
- undertake lengthy migrations and are the Earth's largest migrant.

Blue Whale: Questions & Answers

Further, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about blue whales. If you have a curiosity, send us your question through the Contact page.

Do blue whales eat people? Blue whales do not eat people, despite their large size they couldn't eat a person even if they tried to. The lack of teeth and the small neck are some of the factors. If a human is caught in a blue whale's mouth, the person can be seriously injured or even crushed. Blue whales eat small food such as fish, krill and various crustaceans.

Do blue whales have predators? Blue whales are too much of a fight for any marine mammal and they do not have any known natural predators, but in the recent years people have recorded some sharks and killer whales (Orca) attempting to attack blue whales and in rare cases even succeeding. People are the biggest threat to blue whales even if whale hunting is banned. Some major human threats to blue whales are: collisions with boats, fishing nets, noise pollution, waste pollution and several other things.

Largest Animals: Questions & Answers

Next, we thought to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the largest animals.

What are the Top 10 Largest Animals on Earth? The top 10 largest animals on Earth are all aquatic marine mammals (Cetacea) or better said whales. Below you will find a table with the heaviest living animals in the world:

Animal Average mass Maximum mass
Blue whale 110 tonnes 190 tonnes
North Pacific right whale 60 tonnes 120 tonnes
Fin whale 57 tonnes 120 tonnes
Bowhead whale 54 tonnes 120 tonnes
Southern right whale 58 tonnes 110 tonnes
North Atlantic right whale 54 tonnes 110 tonnes
Sperm whale 31 tonnes 57 tonnes
Humpback whale 29 tonnes 48 tonnes
Sei whale 22 tonnes 45 tonnes
Gray whale 19 tonnes 45 tonnes

What's the tallest animal in the world? The tallest living terrestrial animal in the world is the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis). A fully grown male giraffe when standing is almost 6 meters (20 feet) tall. Giraffe males are taller and larger than giraffe females. With a maximum recorded weight of 1,930 kilograms (4,250 pounds) the giraffe is also the largest ruminant.

What's the tallest animal ever? The tallest animal ever found is also the tallest known dinosaur, namely Sauroposeidon. Until now, Sauroposeidon has been the tallest dinosaur ever discovered. Sauroposeidon was probably 18 meters (59 feet) tall, unfortunately, completely accurate estimates cannot be given, because this sauropod specimen is not known from a complete skeleton.

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