There are many different species of animals in the world. They are all different, but uniquely adapted for the habitat/s which they occupy. So which animal in the world holds the record for being the biggest? Read on to find out.
The Biggest Animal in the world
The biggest animal in the world is the Blue Whale. This gentle giant is, at its largest, 100 feet (30.5 m) from head to tail. It can weigh a staggering 150 tons (136 metric tons). Large male blue whales are as long as a ten story building and as heavy as 112 male giraffes. Unfortunately, there are not many blue whales left in the wild due to over hunting, and as such most blue whales don’t grow to their full length. Most blue whales only grow to be 75 to 80 feet long. Female blue whales are heavier than male whales and the heaviest blue whale ever recorded to date was a female blue whale weighing 389760 pounds (176792 kg).
Some Amazing facts about Blue whales
- The head of a blue whale is so large that approximately 50 full grown men could stand on its tongue.
- The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car
- At birth a baby blue whale calf is approximately 25 feet (7.6 m) long and weighs more than an elephant.
- During the first 7 months of its life, a blue whale drinks approximately 100 gallons (379 liters) of its mother’s milk per day, putting on as much as 200 pounds (91 kg) every 24 hours.
- Adult blue whales eat more than 4 ton of krill per day.
- It is believed that the blue whale population use to be 200,000. Now there is only 10,000 Blue whales left in the wild
- Blue whales have been on the endangered species list since the mid 1960’s and the population is showing no sign of recovery
- Blue Whales are predominately found in the arctic and Antarctic oceans.
Video of a Blue Whale