23 of the Biggest Living Animals in the World
There’s big and then there’s really big. Here are the largest, heaviest, and tallest animals to ever live on the land and in the sea.
Across the land and through the waves of the sea, there is one animal that is bigger than any other living things in the world: the blue whale. The majestic, carnivorous sea creature weighs a colossal 200 tons; that’s nearly 400,000 pounds! When blue whale calves are born, they can weigh up to 3 tons and put on 200 more pounds every day during the first year of its life. If you want to see the cutest animals of all time, you have to look at these photos.
Found in sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s second largest land animal. Funny thing is, hippos are actually semi-aquatic mammals, meaning they spend a majority of their day in rivers and lakes. It’s how they keep their over 2,000-pound body cool under the blazing African sunshine!
Eastern gorillas are found in the lowlands and mountains of Africa. Even with a diet of stems, bamboo shoots, and fruits, male gorillas can weigh up to 440 pounds. This makes them the largest living primates. However, their population is drastically decreasing in size. In the 1990s, there were about 17,000 eastern lowland gorillas. Scientists estimate that there is less than 50 percent of that now. Learn more about the most beautiful animals that could disappear in your lifetime.
If Peter Rabbit were a Flemish rabbit he’d definitely need a bigger blue jacket. Hailing from Belgium, the 20-pound Flemish rabbits were originally bred for their fur and meat, not to keep as giant fluffy pets. But if you wanted a real-life snuggle bunny, you could get a Flemish rabbit in black, blue, fawn, light gray, steel gray, sandy, or white. Want something a bit smaller? Check out the cutest tiny animals from around the world.
This giant squid was found in Norway in 1928. Here, biologists are measuring one of its tentacles, but overall, the squid is 30 feet long (about the size of a school bus). As the largest invertebrates on Earth—meaning they don’t have a backbone—they can weigh over 400 pounds.
Don’t let a manta ray’s nine-meter long, 2,000-pound body fool you. Unlike stingrays that have tails that can hurt you, manta rays can be extremely harmless. Sometimes they just jump out of the water. Scientist explain this phenomenon with theories such as the manta ray needing to remove parasites from their body, feeding, courting, and communicating. Jumping out of the water like that is kind of a superpower of manta rays. Here are 10 other animals that have superpowers that would make any super hero jealous.
The world’s largest fish is called a whale but’s it’s actually a shark. But whale sharks are not the only animals with surprisingly misleading names. The name just comes because if it’s massive size; they can grow up to 40 feet long. You would think these ginormous sharks would want to eat you given the chance, but to whale sharks, humans are friends, not food. Whale sharks typically eat krill, fish eggs, and smaller fish and are known to be gentle around scuba divers.
If you have a fear of rodents, your skin might crawl looking at the world’s largest rodent. Capybaras can weigh anywhere from 60 to 174 pounds, with the females being a bit larger than males. Unlike the rats you might find in a subway station, capybaras have webbed feet to help them swim and don’t have tails. Think there’s nothing to fear because of how harmless they look? Well here are some of the world’s most innocent looking animals that are surprisingly dangerous.
Although a reticulated python can grow a bit longer than a green anaconda, the 12-inches wide diameter of an anaconda’s body earns it the title of world’s largest snake. They grow more than 29 feet long and can weigh more than 550 pounds, especially when they eat wild pigs, deer, and even jaguars.
If you ever wanted to be a real mother of dragons, consider getting a komodo dragon, or maybe just have a look at one in the zoo. Komodo dragons are the biggest lizards on Earth weighing up to 300 pounds. Like the fire-breathing dragons of your fantasies, Komodo dragons have poisonous bacteria in their saliva that can kill their prey in 24 hours after a bite. Beware of these animals that are deadlier than sharks.