Largest Land Carnivore
The Kodiak bear lives on the Kodiak islands in Southwest Alaska. They share similar measurements with the Polar bear and together they hold the title of the largest land carnivore. Unlike the Polar bear who eats almost exclusively meat, the Kodiak bear has a diverse diet which fluctuates with the seasons and availability of resources. During the spring they consume fresh vegetation along with the carcasses of animals that died during the winter. During the summer, they continue eating vegetation and berries and start fishing salmon.
Some other foods that they may eat year-round are seaweed, deer, and unfortunately, garbage left behind by humans. The majority of adult bears die from natural causes, but, more than 90% of adult male Kodiak bears are shot by hunters.
The Largest Animal That Ever Lived
You can’t have a list of huge creatures without mentioning the largest animal in the world and the biggest creature to ever have existed. The Blue whale is an absolute beast. Long and slender, it can reach a length of up to 98 feet and weigh up to 190 tons. Before whaling, the largest population was in the Antarctic where they numbered an average of 239,000.
Now, there remain somewhere between 10,000 to 25,000 of these majestic creatures in the world. They feast mostly on krill and can eat up to 40 million krill in a day. Their heart alone weighs around 400 pounds, the largest of any known animal.