Planet Earth is full of creatures big and small. Some, however, are massive in terms of either size, weight or height. Take a look at these ginormous living wonders of nature.
10. Southern Elephant Seal
The Southern Elephant Seal might look cute and cuddly but they are the largest carnivores on this planet. The male Southern Elephant Seal can be six times larger than the female. Adult male seals typically weigh between 2,200 to 4,000 kg and measure from 4.2 to 5.8m.
9. Sperm Whale
The largest animals on this planet are primarily found in the oceans. The sperm whales are the largest of the toothed whales and the largest toothed predator with the head representing up to a third of its length. Mature males can reach 20.5m and weigh up to 41,000kg. They have the largest brain of any animal on earth. Sadly they have been excessively poached for a liquid wax called spermaceti which is found in the head.
8. Ocean Sunfish
The Ocean Sunfish is the largest bony fish still alive in the world. This creature is well known for its flat body, giant head, and ridiculous size. The Ocean Sunfish up to 1,000 kg and is 8 feet in length. Females of the species can produce 300,000,000 eggs at a time, which is more than any other vertebrate.
Giraffes are the tallest terrestrial animals on the planet. The Giraffe stands at around 6m tall and weighs in at over 1,587kg. Their elongated necks are used for feeding as well as fighting off predators. Giraffes are preyed on by lions; their young are also targeted by leopards, spotted hyenas, and African wild dogs.
6. Orca Whale
Orca or “Killer” whales is the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family. They are the apex predators despite their cuddly look. They are highly intelligent and not known to attack humans. Male orcas typically range from 6 to 8m long and weigh in excess of 6 tonnes . Females, on the other hand, are smaller, generally ranging from 5 to 7m and weighing about 3 to 4 tonnes.
5. Brown Bear
Brown bears are one of the largest land carnivores on the planet and are extremely dangerous. The size and weight of a brown bear depend on the population it is from. walks at 1.5m in height but when on its hind legs will stand upwards of 3m and can weigh almost 1,134 kg.
4. White Rhinoceros
White rhinos are the largest living species of rhinoceros and second largest land mammals. Adult males can reach 1.85m in height and can weigh a massive 3.6 tonnes. The white rhinoceros is considered to consist of two subspecies: the southern white rhinoceros, with an estimated 20,000 wild-living animals and the northern white rhinoceros with only three confirmed individuals left. Excessive poaching for their horns has pushed them to the brink of extinction.
3. Colossal Squid
Colossal squids are a stuff of nightmares and the third on the list. It is believed to be the largest squid species in terms of mass but for a long time, its existence was not even confirmed until 1925. Colossal Squids can reach a maximum size between 12–14 m long and weighing possibly up to 750 kg. The eye alone is as big as the human head.
2. African Bush Elephant
The second spot on the list is held by African bush elephant. It is the largest and heaviest land animal on earth, being up to 3.96m tall at the shoulder and 10.4 tonnes in weight. African Bush Elephants have no natural predators due to their sheer size. Though the young calves are sometimes hunted by lions and crocodiles.
1. Blue Whale
The Blue Whale is the largest animal known to have ever lived. These massive creatures live in the depths of the ocean. They can stay underwater for a very long time, making them extremely difficult to spot. They can grow up to 30m in length and with a maximum weight of 173 tonnes to 181 tonnes.