Giraffe are extremely tall and elephants are enormously large but they are not the largest animals on Earth. Do you know what the largest animals in the world are? This list includes extant or living creatures only. Extinct animals are not included.
The largest living land animal is the African Bush Elephant. Compared to the animals on this list, it weighs a mere 12,000 kg or 27,000 lb and a mere length from trunk to tail of 10.6 m or 35 ft and a shoulder height of 4.2 m or 14 ft.
1. Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
Undoubtedly, the Blue Whale is the world’s heaviest animal to have ever lived. Some dinosaurs were longer but not heavier. The weight record of a Blue Whale was 190,500 kg or 210 short tons with a length of 30 m or 98 ft.
The longest recorded Blue Whale was 33.3 m pr 109 ft but not weighed. The Blue Whale is the largest animal ever known to have existed.
Other Notable features
- It has the largest heart that can weigh up to 900 kg.
- It has the largest aorta which is about 23 cm or 9 inches in diameter.
- It has the largest penis which is about 2.4 m (8 feet) in length.
- It has the largest tongue that weighs around 2.7 tonnes or 3 short tons.
- It has very large mouth that can hold up to 90 tonnes or 100 short tons of food and water.
2. Pygmy Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda)
The Pygmy Blue Whale, a subspecies of the Blue Whale, is another enormous creature that inhabits the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It can attain a length of 24 meters or 79 ft. However, two more subspecies of Blue Whale, the B. m. musculus and B. m. intermedia which are 29 m or 95 ft long, are much longer than the Pygmy Blue Whale.
3. Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus)
The Bowhead Whale can grow up to 21.2 m or 70 ft long. This whale with no dorsal fin can weigh as much as 136,077 kg or 150 short tons. This thick-bodied animal is shorter than several other whales but it’s the second heaviest, next to Blue Whale. The blubber layer of whale flesh of Bowhead Whale is thicker than in any other animal, averaging 43–50 cm (17–20 in). The Bowhead is regarded as the longest-living mammal and has the largest mouth of any animal.