What animal is the largest in the world? This question is asked by both children and adults. The largest animal in the world is the Blue Whale (Latin Balaenoptera musculus). His body weight reaches 190 tons. The blue whale’s body length can be up to 30 meters. The very heart of this mammal weighs over 600 kilograms. Until the end of the 19th century, the blue whale could be found in virtually every ocean in the world. However, too frequent catches of this whale have almost brought the species to extinction. It is estimated that between 1868 and 1978, over 280,000 of them were caught. Fortunately, in 1967 all blue whale hunting was banned.
The second largest animal in the world is also the largest land animal. It is the African elephant. Despite its impressive size and weight, it is still much smaller than a whale. The African elephant can weigh around 7 tons, which is 27 times less than the whale.