How comes blue whales dont get more attention
They are the biggest animals ever to exist and yet nobody really talks about them
my opinion on whales is the same as elephants where they are smart by virtue of having huge brains more so than well designed complex ones
like their intelligence stems from raw processing power instead of efficient design like ours
I mean, they're cool and all. I like Whale Songs, I think they sound legit.
But that's pretty much it. They just float around everywhere. Maybe if we got video of Blue Whales fucking each other up, or fighting off some other shit...then maybe we've have something more to say. But in general...they're just kind of there. Big, relatively peaceful monoliths.
Are they really the largest animals to ever exist?
I find that very hard to believe when you considered dinosaurs and other creatures existed for millions of years.
Overall though, i like them.
They're cries are beautiful and enchanting.
>Are they really the largest animals to ever exist?
hard to say since we keep finding larger and larger dinosaurs, but so far blue whales would seem to be the largest vertebrates in both weight and length.
Several species, both living and extinct, surpass the blue whale in length, but it remains unmatched in terms of weight/mass.
I always thought that claim was false since dinosaurs are huge.
Plus, there's that whole thing that's supposed to be the ancestor of sharks, ¿megalodon?.
Still cool to know though.
To follow up,
> a 122-foot-long dinosaur. This species is so new that it has not yet been formally named by the paleontologists who discovered it
> At 37 m (120 ft) in length, the largest known specimen was longer than a blue whale and is considered one of the longest known animals in the world.
Megalododon was no larger than a large sperm whale. I remember a paper last year that hypothesized that megalododon's extinction allowed for today's giant whale species to evolve.
Pic related for lack of a better pic
In some ways I find enormous land animals more impressive than buoyancy-supported whales because of the challenges that come with being able to support such enormous weight on land. Sauropods had incredible anatomical systems to keep everything working, like pneumatic bones and tendons that acted like suspension bridges. It's incredible that something this massive could not only live on land, but actually went on to become one of the most successful groups of species in history.
I was watching Life and they somehow made fights between humpback whales pretty intense. It was probably the music, but seeing them jump, spin and try to crush each other was pretty cool too.
>Image is not to scale at all.
>It makes itself look like it is.
Why would you do this to me?
while they may have a large brain, there's too much whale to reserve some of it for higher forms of thought, their tongues literally weigh a ton. It's all about the brain/body ratio
rhino brain is hundreds of times larger than non-avian dino brains.
a 20 foot long Allosaurus had a brain almost exactly the same size and shape as your thumb.
Pic related, the red there is about the size and shape of T. rex's brain. The yellow is the bone around the brain, the braincase.
E.Q. isn't just a simple brain:body mass ratio.
it's arbitrarily weighted for what we'd "expect" an animal's brain:body ratio to be.
in other words we adjust encephalization quotient up or down based on comparison to related animals and based on prejudices about an animal's intelligence and behavior.
if we didn't make these little adjustments we'd run into problems like e.q. predicting that mice are more intelligent than humans. Something Douglas Adams always suspected.
I find it hard to believe no other aquatic creature in ancient history couldn't have grown larger, but so far we haven't found fossils of any creature that matches the sheer bulk of modern whales
even past fossils indicate that ancient whales were much smaller, which makes sense since they evolved from land creatures into aquatic
I'm willing to bet that there has probably been some very large jellies and cephalopods but who knows