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Offline bizerl

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Have whales ever been bigger?
« on: 20/08/2012 00:57:43 »
It seems that whenever we're faced with a scene from pre-history, it's full of giant versions of animals alive today. The blue whale has been touted as the largest animal in existence today, even out-doing the larger sauropods of dinosaur days.

Was there ever a "giant" version of the whale? Is it the largest animal that has ever been discovered?


 

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Re: Have whales ever been bigger?
« Reply #1 on: 20/08/2012 02:06:11 »
Everything I see indicates that the Blue Whale is the largest animal ever to have existed, at about 30 meters, or 100 feet, and about 180 metric tons (200 short tons).

Perhaps by being a filter feeder on plankton, they have never had a huge global food scarcity. 
 

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Re: Have whales ever been bigger?
« Reply #2 on: 26/09/2012 17:32:36 »
No. The Blue Whale is indeed the largest animal ever to have graced this planet.
 

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