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The largest, biggest, heaviest whales – TOP 10

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The largest, biggest, heaviest whales – TOP 10

The largest and heaviest whales – TOP 20

Whales have different sizes. Among them are small, such as the pygmy spermwhale – 3.5 m (11 ft), and those huge, that stimulate our imagination like the blue whale and humpback.

The biggest whales are the largest animals that ever existed on Earth. Certainly whales are the heaviest animals that ever existed. Whales are heavier than the heaviest dinosaurs, such as Argentinosaurus or Amphicoelias.

Whales are long-lived animals. Some of them live more than 200 years – eg. humpback and bowhead. Whales inhabit all the world’s oceans.

Below we present the list of 20 the heaviest whales, that currently live on the Earth.

Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus)

Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) – 10th place.

The biggest and heaviest whales – TOP 20

Places 20-16

20. Pygmy right whale (Caperea marginata) – 3.5 t (7,716 lbs)
19. Tropical bottlenose whale (Indopacetus pacificus) – 4 t (8818 lbs)
18. Southern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon planifrons) – 6 t (13,228 lbs)
17 . Northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus) – 7.5 t (16,535 lbs)
16. Northern minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) – 8.35 t (18,409 lbs)
Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus)

Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) – 3rd place.

Places 15-11

15. Killer whale (Orcinus orca) – 10 t (22,046 lbs)
14. Southern minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) – 10.4 t (22,928 lbs)
13. Giant beaked whale (Berardius arnuxii) – 14 t (30,865 lbs)
12. Baird’s beaked whale (Berardius bairdii) – 14 t (30,865 lbs)
11. Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera brydei) – 25 t (55,116 lbs)
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) – 8th place.

Places 10-6

10. Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) – 36 t (79,366 lbs)
9. Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) – 37.75 t (83,225 lbs)
8. Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) – 57 t (126,663 lbs)
7. Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) – 74 t (163,142 lbs)
6. Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) – 80 t (176,370 lbs)
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) – 4th place.

Places 5-1

5. North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) – 80 t (176,370 lbs)
4. Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) – 90 t (198,416 lbs)

unconfirmed (typically it should take 9th place – max. weight over 40 tons)

3. Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) – 100 t (220,462 lbs)
2. North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) – 106 t (233,690 lbs)

1. Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) – 190 t (418,878 lbs)

 Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus)

Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) – the heaviest and largest whale.

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