The blue whale, or Balaenoptera musculus, is the largest known mammal in the world as of 2014. Adult blue whales measure from 82 to 105 feet in length, and they weigh up to 200 tons.
The blue whale is the biggest animal in recorded history. Its heart is estimated to be the size of a small car, and the blue whale's tongue weighs the equivalent of an elephant. Even a newborn blue whale weighs up to 3 tons and measures approximately 25 feet in length.
The spray from a blue whale's blowhole can reach up to 30 feet into the atmosphere.Learn More
Elephants have long trunks because they need them in order to survive on the savannah or in the rainforest. Elephants use their trunks for many different purposes such as digging for water and spraying dust over their bodies.Full Answer >
The two species of elephants are the African species and the Asian species. African elephants are further divided into two subspecies: forest and savanna. There are four subspecies of Asian elephants: Sri Lankan, mainland, Borneo and Sumatran.Full Answer >
There are numerous documented reports of elephants shedding tears in response to events that would be considered traumatic for humans. However, until science finds a way to measure emotions, without having to depend on verbal communication of subjects being studied, this will continue to be a matter of debate.Full Answer >
As of June 2014, the oldest living elephant is Lydia, owned by David Tesch, according to Elephant.se. Born in 1943, Lydia is 71 years old. The second-oldest living elephant, Shirley, owned by Wild Adventures, was born in 1944 and is 70 years old.Full Answer >