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Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
The biggest animal in the world
Blue whales are the biggest animals in the world, and the females are larger than the males. The longest female on record measured 110 feet (34 m); the heaviest weighed 190 tons. All three subspecies travel in pods composed of thirty to fifty individuals. These whales, as with other members of the family Balaenopteridae, filter some six to seven tons of krill at a time with their baleen plates, "gulping" water and krill, then closing the mouth and forcing the water back out through the baleen. Blue whales were too big and too fast for whalers before the 1864 invention of the exploding-he...
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Kirk's Dikdik (Madoqua kirkii)
This small desert antelope has a flexible snout, or proboscis, lined with numerous blood vessels that serves as a heat exchanger. Cooled blood then passes directly to the brain, protecting this vital organ from increased body temperature in the heat of the day. The dikdik may be active by day or night and is usually about when the moon is full. It eats shoots and leaves of shrubs and succulents. Family groups, consisting of an adult pair and their young, live in well-defined territories that they protect from neighboring families. Dung, urine, and secretions from facial glands ...
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