What is the longest (not the biggest) animal on earth?
#30089. Asked by dmc. (Mar 18 03 5:12 AM)
According to discovery.com, the longest animal in the world is a siphonophore:
Praya, a siphonophore like the Apolemia, claims the record as the longest animal on Earth. Led by two swimming bells, its 130-foot body, slim as a fat pen, moves like a roller coaster through the water.
Same goes for The California Academy of Sciences:
"Siphonophores are made up of a large number of 'persons,' some of which it is yet impossible to be sure what they are," wrote Sir Alister Hardy in The Open Sea. "Nowhere else in the animal kingdom do we get this extraordinary
integration and coordination. The whole colony appears to act as one, as if it was endowed with some new and higher individuality greater than that of the components." These string-of-pearls creatures may reach lengths of 40 meters, besting the blue whale in its claim as Earth's longest animal.
Ditto for the Monterey Aquarium:
And the largest siphonophore that we have in Monterey Bay is probably Praya. Praya is a siphonophore that we pick up on sonar. We can see it, it probably reaches 30 to 50 meters in length, making it the longest animal in the world. That's longer than the blue whale. It is not the largest animal by any means being somewhat narrow in width.
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