Blue Whale largest animal ever

Blauwe Vinvis

Did you know that the Blue Whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth?

The Blue Whale can reach a length up to 35 meters (115 feet) (male: 25 meters/82 feet) and can weigh up to 175,000 kg. The Blue Whale lives in oceans all over the world. It has even been spotted in the North Sea, but due to the shallowness of the North Sea, this will be rare observations.

The Blue Whale is a relatively harmless animal. He lives only on Plankton, which it sifts from the water with the stiffeners in it’s mouth. The Blue Whale is an endangered species. In the 60’s of last century the Blue Whale was almost extinct. Whaling was so popular that it brought the population of Blue Whales to an absolute low of between 500 and 2000 whales. This small population got the Blue Whale a high position on the endangered species list.

Because the hunt for endangered species is prohibited, the population of Blue Whales got the chance to recover. Meanwhile the populaton has grown a little. The population is estimated to be between 10.000 and 25.000. This is still nothing compared to the the estimated over 300.000 Blue Whales the population had at the beginning of last century.

In contast tot what most people think, no dinosaur fossil larger than a Blue Whale has ever been found. The biggest dinosaur ever found is the Argentinosaurus (Indeed, he lived in what we now know as Argentina).  With it’s 30 to 35 meters, this dino approached the Blue Whale in length, but his weight of 80 to 100 tons doesn’t come near the weight of 175 ton’s the Blue Whale can reach. New fossils are found regularly, so it’s not inconceivable that a fossil larger than a Blue Whale will ever be found.

This enormous animal naturaly has enormous body parts and intestines. Read about, for example te heart of the Blue Wahle.

The image at the top left of this article is made bij Garret Coakley  (cc via flickr.com)