What if You Were Chased by a Giant Dinosaur? The Biggest Creatures Ever!


Fuzzy and Nutz are on a trip through time,
and along the way are teaching us about the greatest predators to have ever lived, the
worst jobs in history, and the most terrible wars ever waged. But today our furry time travelers are coming
face to face with some of the largest beasts to have ever walked the face of the Earth! Possibly the largest dinosaur to ever walk
the earth, Argentinosaurus towered over other dinosaurs at a whopping 50 feet tall while
measuring 75 feet from head to tail and weighing in at 80 tons! This lumbering goliath was all but immune
to predators, even from the fearsome Gigantosaur, one of the largest meat eaters to ever evolve. It’s a good thing Argentinosaurus was so big
and powerful too, because with a maximum top speed of 5 miles per hour, it wasn’t going
anywhere fast- but even at these low speeds if a herd of giant Argentinosaurs were spooked
they would’ve absolutely decimated the landscape! Living in the middle Cretaceous, Argentinosaurus
laid eggs that measured a whopping foot in diameter, and were so big it’s thought they
pushed the absolute physical limits of how big an egg could be without collapsing in
on itself. This titan of a dinosaur may have been all
but immune from predators, but if there was one predator that might have had a chance
of taking on an Argentinosaurus, it would’ve been living at our next destination… Living 100 million years ago, but on a different
continent than Argentionsaurus, Spinosaurus is the largest carnivore ever discovered. Standing 14 feet tall and up to 59 feet long,
Spinosaurus would have been a terrifying beast to stumble into. Luckily for most other dinosaurs though, Spinosaurus
was primarily a fish eater, having hollow teeth up to eight inches long similar to a
crocodile’s, and an elongated snout with nasal holes at the top of the jaw. This let Spinosaurus slowly cruise the ancient
rivers and swamps of North Africa, feeding on fish such as the car-sized Onchopristis. Despite being primarily a fish eater though,
it’s thought that Spinosaurus also scavenged the kills of other carnivores as its bite
was too weak to kill big dinosaurs on its own. Armed with five foot long arms each ending
in three 8 inch claws, what Spinosaurus lacked in bite it made up for in savage slashing
power! Perhaps the most iconic feature of the Spinosaurus
is its huge sail, of which scientists remain completely at odds about its true purpose,
some claiming it was to help it regulate its body temperature and others that it was merely
for display- to attract mates and intimidate rivals. If indeed used for mating purposes such as
the display feathers of a male peacock, it’s possible that male Spinosaurus had very brightly
colored sails versus females, though the truth is sadly lost to time… Splitting off from other whale species around
1 million years ago, Blue Whales are the largest animal we have ever known to exist. Measuring up to 105 feet in length and weighing
up to an incredible 200 tons, Blue Whales are not just the largest animal ever, but
also the largest carnivore- though ironically they feed on the tiniest creatures in the
ocean: krill. Taking in giant mouth fulls of water, a blue
whale then uses its car-sized tongue to force the water past the fingernail-like material
called baleen which lines its upper jaws. This sieves out all the thousands of krill
that are left behind and quickly swallowed. Blue whales tend to be solitary creatures,
and they were specially lonely in the early 1900s when they were hunted almost to extinction. Despite intense hunting though, blue whale
numbers are recovering, but because of their extremely long age- up to 110 years!- blue
whales are slow to reproduce and their population is today estimated at around 20,000 individuals,
a far cry form the 300,000 plus that swam the oceans before whaling. Despite being the world’s largest animal,
this titan of the sea has been made vulnerable to extinction because of man’s actions- but
in the future, what might the world that man shapes look like?

Randy Schultz

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