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Did You Know? The Largest Animal on Earth

Humans are termed as the most intelligent mammal living on Earth but they are not so big to deserve a title of being the largest animal.

Humans (Homo sapiens) are terrestrial animals. They are highly intelligent characterised by their straight posture and bipedal locomotion. Their larger and more complicated brains also use complex language compared to other animals’ communication.

But do you know which animal has got the title of “The largest animal on the earth.” This creature is, even more, bigger than the largest dinosaurs ever found on earth. That creature must be well known to you. The creature is “Blue Whale,” (Balaenoptera musculus) largest animal on the earth, is a marine mammal, reaching a confirmed length of 29.9 metres (98 feet) and weight of 173 tonnes (173,000 kg). A female blue whale measuring the length of 110 feet has been recorded in 1909 at Grytviken, South Georgia in the South Atlantic.

Blue Whale- Guinness World Record

The blue whale has set many records in the “Guinness world record”. The records are

  • The blue whale is an animal who has the Largest heart on the entire earth.
  • It also got the title to hold the heaviest heart on the earth, weighing around 5953 lb (680 kg). he blue whale’s super-sized heart can pump around 58 gallons (220 litres) of blood around the body with each heartbeat.
  • Blue whale give births to the largest newborn in the world
  • A blue whale has the largest and heaviest tongue. Its tongue weighs around 2.7 tonne (2700kg) which is heaviest on the entire planet.
Bowhead whale, the longest living mammal in the Species of Blue Whale
BowHead whale, the longest living species among whales

Life Span

This mammal has the age of around 90-100 years. According to Researchers, BowHead whale has an age of more than 200 years. Only this species of whale has the potential to live for so long, which is quite amazing for scientists also.

Food

Blue Whale’s favourite food is krill fish. They can eat up to 4 tonnes (4000kg) krill fish every day. As we know, Blue whales are mammals just like a human, they need oxygen to breathe. This is because they do not have gills like other watery fish.

Cuvier’s Beaked Whale, the best diver among all the species with a record of reaching 2992 metres by holding the breath for 137.5 minutes

The average whale can hold his breath in water for about 60 minutes. The record-breaking longest and deepest dive recorded by a scientist who tracked a “Cuvier’s beaked whale” that can hold his or her breathe for a phenomenal 137.5 minutes (2 hours 17.5 minutes), the highest ever recorded by a whale and reached a depth of 2992 metres (around 3 km) below the surface of the ocean in Southern California.

Also Checkout- The hardest animal on earth.

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