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Whale Meets Man, Man Meets Whale [Pic]

Hits: 13643 | Rating: (2.6) | Category: Science | Added by: fancylad
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MrLill
Male, 18-29, Western US
 360 Posts
Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:47:07 AM
this is a right whale. males have the largest genitals of any other living creature in the world. now you know.

gothmo
Female, 18-29, Western US
 1328 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 10:05:07 PM
@Fancylad

...What? Clearly you know nothing about whales... I know hardly anything about whales but can still say how stupid that is...

Bealzebubble
Male, 18-29, Australia
 314 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 8:30:09 PM
Baleen whales have very large mouths and very small throats. A blue whale for example can only swallow something no bigger than a grapefruit.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 25283 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 8:25:25 PM
Cerebus The Aardvark: Characters

Thanks SO MUCH! @Not_A_Bear! It's been driving me crazy! Well, that and a few other things...

I know Koalas (and Pandas!) are NOT bears! I correct people all the time!

Yes, you were the first to say so Your linky had the page on the proper spot, which reminded me I forgot how to do that...

I think a Sperm Whale could EASILY swallow a human, but would be more likely to chew one up first...

NOT_A_BEAR
Male, 18-29, Australia
 62 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 3:23:56 PM
@ 5Cats

That was me trying to point out the first line of the paragraph I linked to; "A member of the order Cetacea, the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is believed to be the largest animal ever to have lived".

P.S. To link to a specific section on a Wikpedia page you put #[section name] at the end of the url (without the brackets), or click on a section in the table of contents before copying and pasting the url (which will add the # for you).

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 25283 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 1:10:54 PM
@wibble4321: True that! It was a theoretical animal based on 'limited' fossile evidence, but it was massive!
I Blame This TV Series! I'm certain it's mentioned in one of these episodes...

@piperfawn: lolz! At least you know Pinocchio's telling the truth about that whale story, eh?

I'll happy agree that Blue Whales are the all-time champions! Let's hope we humans don't wipe them off the map, eh?

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 25283 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 1:01:17 PM
@Not_A_Bear: Thanks for the linky, but that's specificly about "living" animals. Elephants are WAY smaller than many dinosaurs, eh?
However, it could still be that Blue Whales are bigger than the dinosaur-era critters too...

>>PLEASE someone remind me how to link Wiki to the correct spot on the page? I totally forget...

Biggest Prehistoric Critters

Sarkastodon
Not only was it a 800KG, bone crunching killing machine? It has the COOLEST name of any creature, ever!



IAB's new mascot?

madest
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6458 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:56:17 AM
carmium, Jonah.

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:48:30 AM
Fair enough - but there's a big difference between ALL whales and most whales. You could argue that the Orca is just a big dolphin, but the sperm whale could easily swallow a man whole. The fact that neither orca, nor sperm whale have attacked human divers in the wild is odd. Especially transient orca's, maybe they know we aren't very calorific.

..and I've swum with a whale in the Pacific - but only a 25' Minke. The slightly dodgy bit was the chum slick I was snorkeling in, with 3Km of water beneath me, and frigates picking at my snorkel.

Ilikelogic
Male, 40-49, Europe
 522 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:15:35 AM
Before Pinocchio, Jona had been swallowed by a whale....

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6401 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 8:33:29 AM
panth753: Please supply an incident of ANY person being swallowed by a whale, ever. and enlighten us.

blackcatseye
Female, 30-39, Europe
 656 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:51:40 AM
Is this picture of an Orca? NO. I am not trolling, fancy has asked this question at least twice before, he is the troll. Most whales are filter feeders, so they couldn't open their mouths to swallow a man, because of the baleen, and they wouldn't be interested anyway because they are not predatory, hence why you can swim quite close to them.

wibble4321
Male, 30-39, Asia
 316 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6:38:04 AM
@5Cats, the largest estimate for a Megalodon is about 19m (most are estimated to be 9-10m. This is about the same maximum estimate size of the largest animal on your diagram - Leesichthys. Blue whales average 25m+ up to 30m and are therefore considerably larger, and widely accepted to be the largest animal to have ever lived.

As for Giant Megalodon, I think too much Sci-Fi Channel perhaps? :)

piperfawn
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3887 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6:31:40 AM
Ask Pinocchio.

panth753
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 8858 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6:27:59 AM
It is possible for a man to be swallowed by a whale, but it's really rare for that to happen.

Reignblazer
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2202 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:40:07 AM
Or their foot, in his case.

Corydoras87
Male, 18-29, Europe
 638 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:35:35 AM
davymid while thats true (you got that from QI, didn't you?), they can't swallow anything bigger than a grapefruit, they can certainly get an enormous amount of stuff into their mouth before it rushes down their throat. For example, some people can get their whole fist in their mouth.. but it's impossible to swallow it whole.

ChainsawNbud
Male, 50-59, Southern US
 745 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:03:46 AM
Most whales (other than killer whales) can't swallow anything bigger than an orange. How they get oranges at the bottom of the sea is beyond me.

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:45:43 AM
Yes, this is a right whale, so it feeds on zooplanton, but its also a rather large wild animal so there is a risk.

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:37:34 AM
AND you are meant to be European. Lameass is not acceptable.

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:35:59 AM
Right?



MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:32:33 AM
@blackcatseye - your trolling right?



blackcatseye
Female, 30-39, Europe
 656 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 3:50:01 AM
IAB, WHY U SO BORING???? WHY U KEEP POSTING SAME STUPID WHALE QUESTION AGAIN AND AGAIN??? WHALES DO NOT EAT MEN OR FISH OR ANYTHING BIGGER THAN KRILL. STOP SMOKING SO MUCH WEED, IT ROTS YOUR BRAIN. LEARN HOW TO USE GOOGLE, LAMEASS.

NOT_A_BEAR
Male, 18-29, Australia
 62 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 3:42:00 AM
@ 5Cats

I think you're mistaken. I'm pretty certain the blue whale is the largest critter to have ever lived.

sbeelz
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2869 Posts
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 1:46:13 AM
It may have already been said, I don't know because I'm too lazy after working 11 hours to bother reading anything other than the first page of comments, but this looks like a Wright whale. Whatever the specific species, it is definitely a baleen whale, which uses baleen, filter-like teeth, to strain krill (shrimp-like crustaceans) out of the water. It doesn't eat fish, let alone humans. Its esophagus isn't nearly wide enough.

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