Why Are Whales So Big?

Whales, the colossal leviathans of the ocean

They have captured our imagination with their sheer enormity

Weighing more than elephants, mammoths, and even dinosaurs

these marine giants hold the title of the largest animals to ever roam our planet

But why are they so big?

Around 50 million years ago, Earth witnessed the emergence of the very first whale

Pakicetus, marking a pivotal moment in the evolution of these magnificent creatures

While life on Earth struggled to escape the confines of the oceans, whales, daringly, abandoned their terrestrial roots.

Trading four legs for flippers, they ventured into the water, where gravity held less sway over their burgeoning size.

Contrary to a gradual increase in size, the next 37 million years saw whales diversifying while remaining relatively small.

Baleen whales, equipped with filter-feeding systems, appeared around three million years ago

Setting the stage for a transformative shift in their size

There is still so much more to discover about these gigangtic creatures!

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