Whale Shark 41.5 feet (12.6m) Finally, the largest living shark is the Whale Shark, named for it’s whale size and shape. Whale Sharks live around the tropical waters around the equator. Whale Sharks reach a massive 41.5 feet (12.6m) in length and can weigh around 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilos).
The Kodiak brown bear and the polar bear share the title for the largest land carnivore. The bears are generally 5 feet tall when walking on all fours, but can reach as high as 10 feet when standing on their hind legs. They often weigh as much as 2,200 pounds.
Meet the world's biggest critters -- a surprisingly diverse array of the largest beasts on land and beneath the seas. From apes to spiders to 727-pound alligators, we grow 'em big here on Earth. Meet the world's biggest critters -- a surprisingly diverse array of the largest beasts on land and beneath the seas.
Elephants are the world’s largest land animals now living. The largest elephant ever recorded was shot in Angola in 1956. This male weighed about 24,000 lb (11,000 kg), with a shoulder height of 3.96 meters (13.0 ft), a metre (yard) taller than the average male African elephant.
The colossal squid also has the largest eyes documented in the animal kingdom; a partly collapsed specimen measured 27 cm (11 in) in diameter, with a 9 cm (3.5 in) pupil. The eye was estimated to be 30 to 40 centimetres (12 to 16 in) when the squid was alive.
Most people believe that the largest animals to ever exist on Earth were the dinosaurs. However, one of the largest land dinosaurs, the sauropod Argentinosaurus, weighed only about 180,000 pounds (81,647 kg). That's little more than half the size of an adult blue whale. It makes a lot of sense that the world's largest animal would be a sea creature.
The Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) is the largest salamander and largest amphibian in the world, reaching a length of 1.8 m (5.9 ft), although it rarely reaches that size today. It is fully aquatic and is endemic to rocky mountain streams and lakes in China. It has been introduced to Kyoto Prefecture in Japan and possibly Taiwan.