Which is the largest known animal to have ever lived?
When we say large, we are talking about the weight of the animal, not the length. Quite fascinatingly, the Blue whale takes the title for the largest animal to have ever lived, beating all the giant dinosaurs from the prehistoric age. The maximum recorded weight of these giants is a whopping 173 tonnes. They are estimated to reach up to 200 tonnes, which is almost the weight of 15 school buses piled together.
Being the giants of the earth, they are also entitled to the largest heart and the biggest tongue. Their heart is a massive 180kg while their tongue weighs as much as a female African bush elephant - 3 tonnes.
When it comes to weight, Blue whales beats every other creature that ever existed. Let's step back a few million years to the era of the humongous reptiles where dinosaur topped the chart.
Which is the largest known Dinosaur?
Restoration of Argentinosaurus in Museo Carmen Funes
Weighing at about 100 tonnes - half the size of the biggest blue whales - Argentinosaurus is the largest and the longest dinosaur found. Its first fossil was accidently discovered in Argentina by a rancher. It is estimated to be around 120 feet in length and with a height of 27 feet. Despite their huge body, they laid eggs the size of a rugby ball.
If you want to see the longest dinosaur's restoration, then you should head to the Museo Carmen Funes Museum, Argentina. Set up using the fossil remains, the restoration stands tall at 24 feet with a body length of 130 feet.
Which is the largest land mammal alive?
The African bush elephant is the largest land mammal with male weighing up to 6 tonnes, while their female counterparts weigh almost half their size. The maximum mass ever recorded is 12.3 tonnes.
They are also the second tallest mammal after the Giraffe, with male scaling up to 10.5 feet and female around 8.5 feet. Despite their huge size, they are in the list for the most Vulnerable species.
Blue whales may dominate the ocean with their size but they are not the fastest swimmers.
Which is the fastest aquatic animal?
Sailfish are said to travel at a maximum speed of 68 mph (110 kph), thus making them the fastest aquatic animal.
However, BBC has documented a Black Marlin which reached speeds of 80 mph (129 kph) . The record however is considered unverifiable.
Which is the fastest mammal?
Mexican Free Tailed Bats, also called the Brazilian Free Tailed bats are the fastest known mammals with a record maximum speed of 99 mph (160 kph) . They beat the fastest land animal, Cheetah, which has a maximum speed of 75 mph (120 kph).
We know the fastest animals in their ecology. But which is the fastest in the entire animal kingdom?
Which is the fastest animal?
Peregrine falcons are the fastest in the animal kingdom. They hunt by soaring to high altitudes and then dive down to speeds of up-to 200 mph (320kmph) ; almost 7 times faster than our very own Usain Bolt. According to National Geographic, the fastest speed ever recorded for the falcon is an astonishing 242 mph (390 kmph).
Image Credit: Blue Whale- WWF
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