Large animals are those that attract attention because they are larger than average in size and weight. In this article, we introduce you to some of the largest species ordered from smallest to largest. Can you imagine how many tons the largest weighs? And how long is the largest fish? All this and much more we will tell you below.
The world's size record for rodents The capybara, also known as capybara. They have a length of around 1 meter and a height of 60 cm, so it can be compared to the volume of a dog.
24. Aldabra Giant Tortoise
Aldabra giant tortoises live in the Seychelles. They can measure up to one meter and weigh 250 kilos. In addition, they are quite long-lived, reaching 165 years of age.
23. Giant catfish
This type of fish is the largest freshwater fish and therefore the largest species that can be found in a river. The largest specimen that has been caught was 393 kg, which measured 2,7 meters.
The ostrich is the largest bird in the world. However, being so heavy, I cannot fly, but can reach a speed of 90 kilometers per hour running. The eggs that the female lays weigh between 1 and 2 kilos.
21. Caribbean barrel sponge
Although it may not seem like it, the barrel sponge is not a plant, but a animal. Within the reefs of the Caribbean Sea, specimens of 1,8 meters in diameter have been found.
20. Shire Horse
Within horses, the Shire is a breed that is imposing due to its size. It has an average height of 1,80 meters and weighs around 850 kilos. It is of British origin and also stands out for the fur around its hooves.
19. Polar bear
Polar bears feed on baby reindeer and seals, consuming a total of 30 kilos a day. They live in cold areas of the Northern Hemisphere, specifically in the Arctic.
18. Frowning Pelican
Despite its size, the frowning pelican is capable of flying at 75 kilometers per hour. Only its peak already measures between 160 and 180 cm and in total exceeds three meters. It is located in Europe.
17. Japanese giant crab
The Japanese crab is the largest arthropod in the world. There are specimens that reach four meters in length and can live up to 70 years. It can only be found in the deep areas of the Pacific Ocean and the coasts of Japan.
16. White rhino
Of the rhinoceros species, the white is the largest. This animal reaches 4,2 meters in length and 1,85 m in height. Its weight is also surprising, since it reaches 3.500 kg.
This species is the heaviest vertebrate fish that can be found in the sea, since it reaches 1.000 kilos. It is possible to find it in much of the ocean, although in each area it has different characteristics.
Many consider the giraffe as one of the rarest but at the same time most beautiful animals in the world due to the shape of its body. Its curious neck makes it the tallest animal in the world, as it can reach more than five meters.
13. Giant stingray
Unlike other animals of the same species, the giant ray lives in rivers, not in the sea. There is little information about it, since it is difficult to locate a specimen, but it is said that it can reach 5 meters in length.
This species of crocodile is not so dangerous, since it does not hunt large prey, but feeds on fish. It can be found in some swampy areas of northern India.
The American bison stands out for its sharp horns. It is the largest mammal in North America. In the 350.000th century, due to its hunting, it was on the verge of extinction, but today there are around XNUMX specimens.
The hippopotamus is not only surprising for its length of almost three meters, but for its weight, since it reaches three tons. Although it is not so famous, it is more dangerous than the crocodile, since it is the animal that causes the most deaths in Africa.
9. African elephant
The African elephant is the largest mammal EarthAs it measures around seven meters in length and weighs between 5 and 6 tons. This species is currently in danger of extinction. Some types live in the savannah and others in the jungle.
8. Marine crocodile
The crocodile is one of the largest and most dangerous animals on the planet. It is a true predator. Among the different types, the marine is one of the most imposing, as specimens of more than eight meters have been found.
7. Elephant seal
The elephant seal is the carnivorous largest in the world, as it feeds on fish and cephalopods. Males can weigh four tons and measure more than six meters.
6. Reticulated python
The reticulated python is, along with the anaconda, one of the largest snakes that can be found, as it reaches the eight meters of length. He lives in Southeast Asia and in Wallacea, a region of Indonesia.
The orca is the species of Dolphin largest known. The maximum length it can reach is 9 m and it can weigh up to 5,5 tonnes. Despite its size, it is possible to find an orca in some zoos.
4. Whale shark
The whale shark is the fish largest in the world, as it can measure 12 meters, making it one of the largest animals in the ocean. It is not a great hunter, as it feeds on small living things such as phytoplankton and algae.
3 Giant squid
Giant squid are a mystery, since they live in the depths from the ocean and rarely rise to the surface. At present, it is thought that they can reach 14 meters in length, although some people think that they are larger. In this video you can see a sample:
2. Arctic lion's mane jellyfish
The Arctic lion's mane jellyfish is the largest type of jellyfish that exists, with its thin tentacles reaching even more than 36 meters in length.
1. Blue whale
Although new species have been investigated for years, there is no animal that is larger than the blue whale. This mammal lives in water, so it inhabits large oceans such as the Pacific and the Atlantic.
The largest specimens sighted reach 30 meters in length and weigh around 170 tons. Therefore, to feed themselves, they ingest around 3,5 tons of krill up to date. Krill is a group of crustacean species that measure between 3 and 5 cm.
In this documentary you will be able to observe peculiarities about their behavior, in addition to how impressive they are due to their size:
As you can see, both in water and on land, the world is full of animals much larger than human beings and whose weight far exceeds that of most of the planet's fauna.