The largest & heaviest of all time – The blue whale
Twice as heavy as the biggest dinosaur, the blue whale is the undisputed King of Big. Its heart is the size of a car, its brain four times the size of ours and it can grow to thirty times the size of an African elephant! The largest ever caught was over 110 feet long and weighed nearly 200 tonnes. Find out more about the largest animals that ever lived, including dinosaur chomping crocodiles and bugs the size of a car!Share
Largest on land – The African elephant
These intelligent animals can reach a height of 12 feet and weigh more than 10 tonnes -
Largest bird – The ostrich
Standing at 9 feet tall and weighing around 160 kg, this flightless bird definitely wouldn’t fit in your oven. Unsurprisngly, the ostrich also lays the largest bird eggs. However the biggest (heaviest) bird that is able to fly is the Kori bustard. These birds can often weigh 19 kg yet still manage to get airborne.
Largest spider – Goliath bird-
These spiders are types of tarantula and are actually pretty harmless unlike the not quite so large Brazilian Wandering spider. But with a leg span of nearly 30cm, this tarantula is still one creepy crawly you do not want to find in the bath. Luckily their natural habitat is limited to the coastal forests of Venezuela and Guya.
Largest nose – Probiscus monkey
Despite having a fleshy honker so enormous it has to push it to one side when eating, the male probiscus monkey is not complaining – the bigger the honker, the more irresistible he is to the opposite sex! Read more about nature’s best lookers here.
Largest insect – The Goliath beetle
This enormous beetle can be found in Africa’s tropical forests . They can reach 11-
Biggest growth spurt – The ocean sunfish
This large bony fish can grow to more than 4 metres (12-
Largest flock of birds – The red-
It has been estimated that as many as 1.5 billion of these fast-
Why are whales so big?
Answer : Firstly, the buoyancy of water helps support their weight. This allows them to grow far larger than any land animal who must support its own weight. Secondly, being big serves a useful purpose when you’re a a warm blooded mammal who lives in very cold water. This is because being big helps decrease heat loss -