Friday, November 14, 2008

Blue Whales Bigger Than Dinosaurs

Genesis 1:21

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Size Perspective: Blue Whale, Man, Dinosaur, Giraffe
Most people would say that dinosaurs were the biggest creatures to walk the Earth. A few of the biggest dinosaurs might have been longer than the Blue Whale, but they didn't compare to the actual body size of the Blue Whale.

At up to 110 ft in length and 200 tons or more in weight, it's believed to be the largest animal ever to have existed. It's as big as an entire town of 2700 people. It has to eat a million calories a day. Their diet consists mainly of small crustaceans known as krill, as well as small fish and sometimes squid.

The blue whale’s tongue weighs more than an elephant and its arteries are big enough for a man to swim through. Its heart, which has to pump the whale's entire supply of eight tons of blood, weighs 1,000 pounds.

Blue Whales were abundant in nearly all the oceans until the beginning of the 20th century. For over 40 years they were hunted almost to extinction by whalers until protected by the international community in 1966. A 2002 report estimated there were 5,000 to 12,000 Blue Whales worldwide.

The whale is intelligent creature. An anatomical feature that scientists correlate with intelligence is the degree of folding of the upper surface of the whale’s brain, the area known as the cerebral cortex. This folding increases the surface area of the brain and is found in other intelligent animals, such as elephants and dogs. Whale brains generally show as much or more folding of the cerebral cortex as is seen in humans.

Besides showing forth God's great creative power and imagination, the whale also shows us that neither size nor other standards of human measurement give us an indication of how God places value on things. We are stewards of His Creation.

References: Creation Moments, Wikipedia

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very helpful info, thanks! Only suggestion is that the last paragraph is unfounded and highly unlikely.

Kindest regards.

Donna Watkins said...

It just means that no matter how huge the blue whale is in comparison to man, God gave man dominion of the earth to care for it. Although we're not as big as a blue whale (up to 110 feet), doesn't mean we aren't stewards over it. :-)

Anonymous said...

nice !!!

Anonymous said...

well as stewards We humans have not done a great job at all!!

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