Largest Creatures That Still Exist On Earth!
Perhaps the biggest creatures we’ve ever seen are on the big screen. Two creatures that spring to mind are King Kong and Godzilla, the oversized American Ape, and the Japanese Dinosaur. They met before in 1962 and then in 1963, and either Kong won the fight or it ended in a draw. A new match-up will happen in 2020, but there’s just one thing, Kong is much smaller than Godzilla in most movies; he climbs up skyscrapers rather than walk over them. In the last film, he was bigger, about 100 feet tall. He was considered to be 50 feet tall before that, small enough to get stomped on by the giant lizard. Those that have studied the movies say Godzilla is 350 feet tall.
The Blue Whale
The largest of them all right now is the Blue Whale. This magnificent animal can reach up to weights of 181 metric tons. That’s 181,000 kilos. To put that into perspective, that’s a similar weight to 2,500 average weight healthy human males. Its length can reach up to around 30 meters, which is about the length of a basketball court. Another thing we know about the blue whale is that it’s got a big heart, weighing in at about 600 kg, as much as a Mini Cooper. It’s also got a very large tongue that weighs around 2.7 tons, which is 2,700 kilos.
In one day, the blue whale will consume about 3.6 tons of krill. They were almost hunted into extinction by us heartless humans, but since the 1960s, whales became a protected species and have made a slow comeback. One of their more modern concerns is bumping into ships in crowded oceans. If they dodge all the bullets, they can live to the ripe old age of 110.
It can weigh up to around 21.5 metric tons, although according to some science media, far bigger whale sharks have been spotted but their weight was never recorded. Staying with what we know, the largest ever recorded was 12.65 meters. Even its mouth is about 1.5 meters, big enough to eat plenty of krill, squid, and fish. They are friendly and don’t mind divers. Humans have even been known to ride on them. Unfortunately, we hunt them, and so they are now considered an endangered species. They usually live until about the age of 30.
The largest animal that walks on land is the African elephant. Size can differ depending on the animal, and females are much smaller than males. At its largest, the male can reach a maximum of around 7 tons. That’s about the same as four BMW 5-Series cars, or about 100 people each weighing 70 kilograms. One weighing that much would probably be around 3.3 meters tall. They are herbivorous animals, meaning they have mostly a plant diet. They pack the veggies in, though, and consume about 225 kilograms of plants a day. They also consume more than 190 liters of water a day. If they are not poached by humans or killed as calves by lions or other big cats, they can expect to live until they are about 70 years old.
In the air, the largest bird, in wingspan at least, is the wandering albatross. This giant can have a wingspan of up to 3.5 meters and it can weigh up to 16.1 kilos. Although at that weight, it’s too fat to fly and is still young. Once it starts flying distances of up to 120,000 km a year, they are much leaner. They can live up to the age of about 50.
The biggest bird that doesn’t fly is the ostrich. It weighs at its most about 156 kilos and can reach a height of about of 2.8 meters. This, however, is much bigger than the average ostrich. The impressive thing about this non-flying winged creature is that it can run up to speeds of 97.5kph.
That means in the USA you could quite easily see one of these things keeping up with you when driving down the highway. It will live until the age of 30-40.
The giant green anaconda. The biggest ever found weighed 250 kilos and was 7.5 meters in length. This is what most science media say, but there have been reports of 60-foot anacondas when British explorers were mapping the Amazon. Just in 2016, the tabloid media reported that a 33 foot (400 kilos) Anaconda was caught and killed by Brazilian construction workers. Like most sightings and rumors, it was not confirmed and The Sun newspaper has never been noted for lacking in hyperbole. Anacondas eat mostly small animals or birds, but sometimes pigs and deer. They are also partial to a bit of human now and again, with the last reported human meal being an unfortunate 25-year-old Indonesian man being eaten in 2017. They can live until they are about 10.
Goliath Bird-Eating Tarantula
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest spider ever recorded was a male goliath bird-eating tarantula. It had a leg span of 28 centimeters, about the size of a dinner plate. However, many of you may have seen the frightening photo of the giant huntsman spider taken in Australia last year. It looked much bigger than 11 inches. Many people didn’t believe it was real, or through the photographer had just exploited the angles. Live Science did however confirm that they can grow up to 30 centimeters.
Japanese Spider Crab
Staying with spiders and arthropods, the largest crab is the Japanese spider crab. It can have a leg span of 3.8 meters. These impressive beasts can hang around for up to 100 years.
Another scary creature for some people is the rodent, the largest of which is the capybara, an animal that looks like a very big guinea pig. They can grow up to 2 ft tall and can weigh up to 66 kilos. However, one was once recorded weighing 91 kilos. They eat mainly grass and plants but are also known as auto coprophagous, which means they also eat their own poo. Their lifespan is about 12 years, that’s if they are not eaten by one of their main predators, the green anaconda.
The world’s largest lizard, the komodo dragon. Komodo dragons can weigh as much as 90 kilos. Their length may reach 3 meters. They live on islands in Indonesia where they prey on other animals such as pigs, deer, or even water buffalos. They are certainly not scared of humans, and there are plenty of recent reports of attacks on humans, including instances when the person ended up as dinner. They run about 20 kph, which is close to the average running speed of a healthy adult human. They live until they are about 30. They usually make it, too, as they are kings of the islands where they live.
We’ll leave you with that to ponder.
Have you ever been up close to one of the creatures mentioned?