The Majesty of the Big Blue Whale


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Quick: what’s the largest animal ever to inhabit the earth. The dinosaurs? Nope – it’s actually the blue whale. If you know this, either you’ve been paying attention at elementary school or you’re an avid naturalist.

The blue whale is big. Phenomenally big: it’s almost the size of a space shuttle orbiter, or if you don’t know how big that is, just go to your local basketball court. The blue whale is longer than it. They’re also mysterious: despite their size, blue whales are so rare that even experts know little about them.

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